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Charles Lapworth
(30 Sep 1842 - 13 Mar 1920)

English geologist.


Science Quotes by Charles Lapworth (7 quotes)

All that comes above the surface [of the globe] lies within the province of Geography; all that comes below that surface lies inside the realm of Geology. The surface of the earth is that which, so to speak, divides them and at the same time 'binds them together in indissoluble union.' We may, perhaps, put the case metaphorically. The relationships of the two are rather like that of man and wife. Geography, like a prudent woman, has followed the sage advice of Shakespeare and taken unto her 'an elder than herself; but she does not trespass on the domain of her consort, nor could she possibly maintain the respect of her children were she to flaunt before the world the assertion that she is 'a woman with a past.'
— Charles Lapworth
Proceedings of the Geological Society of London (1903), 59, lxxviii.
Science quotes on:  |  Advice (33)  |  Divide (24)  |  Domain (21)  |  Earth (487)  |  Geography (25)  |  Geology (187)  |  Man (345)  |  Metaphor (19)  |  Past (109)  |  Relationship (59)  |  William Shakespeare (90)  |  Surface (74)  |  Trespass (3)  |  Union (16)  |  Wife (18)  |  Woman (94)

Astronomy concerns itself with the whole of the visible universe, of which our earth forms but a relatively insignificant part; while Geology deals with that earth regarded as an individual. Astronomy is the oldest of the sciences, while Geology is one of the newest. But the two sciences have this in common, that to both are granted a magnificence of outlook, and an immensity of grasp denied to all the rest.
— Charles Lapworth
Proceedings of the Geological Society of London (1903), 59, lxviii.
Science quotes on:  |  Astronomy (175)  |  Earth (487)  |  Geology (187)  |  Outlook (12)  |  Universe (563)

Darwin was a biological evolutionist, because he was first a uniformitarian geologist. Biology is pre-eminent to-day among the natural sciences, because its younger sister, Geology, gave it the means.
— Charles Lapworth
Presidential Address to the Geology Section, Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1892), 696.
Science quotes on:  |  Biology (150)  |  Charles Darwin (284)  |  Evolution (482)  |  Geology (187)  |  Natural Science (62)  |  Uniformitarian (4)

Far be it from me to suggest that geologists should be reckless in their drafts upon the bank of Time; but nothing whatever is gained, and very much is lost, by persistent niggardliness in this direction.
— Charles Lapworth
Proceedings of the Geological Society of London (1903), 59, lxxii.
Science quotes on:  |  Draft (5)  |  Gain (48)  |  Geologist (42)  |  Loss (62)  |  Reckless (4)  |  Suggestion (24)  |  Time (439)

Nothing perhaps has so retarded the reception of the higher conclusions of Geology among men in general, as ... [the] instinctive parsimony of the human mind in matters where time is concerned.
— Charles Lapworth
Proceedings of the Geological Society of London (1903), 59, lxx.
Science quotes on:  |  Conclusion (120)  |  Geology (187)  |  Human Mind (51)  |  Reception (6)  |  Retardation (4)  |  Time (439)

The course of the line we indicated as forming our grandest terrestrial fold [along the shores of Japan] returns upon itself. It is an endless fold, an endless band, the common possession of two sciences. It is geological in origin, geographical in effect. It is the wedding ring of geology and geography, uniting them at once and for ever in indissoluble union.
— Charles Lapworth
Presidential Address to the Geology Section, Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1892), 705.
Science quotes on:  |  Course (57)  |  Fold (4)  |  Geography (25)  |  Geology (187)  |  Line (44)

Uniformity and Evolution are one.
— Charles Lapworth
Presidential Address to the Geology Section, Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1892), 707.
Science quotes on:  |  Evolution (482)  |  Uniformity (17)


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