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John Woodward
(1665 - 1728)

British geologist.

Science Quotes by John Woodward (6 quotes)

But the Presidence of that mighty Power … its particular Agency and Concern therein: and its Purpose and Design … will more evidently appear, when I shall have proved … That the said Earth, though not indifferently and alike fertil in all parts of it, was yet generally much more fertil than ours is … That its Soil was more luxuriant, and teemed forth its Productions in far greater plenty and abundance than the present Earth does … That when Man was fallen, and had abandoned his primitive Innocence, the Case was much altered: and a far different Scene of Things presented; that generous Vertue, masculine Bravery, and prudent Circumspection which he was before Master of, now deserting him … and a strange imbecility immediately seized and laid hold of him: he became pusillanimous, and was easily ruffled with every little Passion within: supine, and as openly exposed to any Temptation or Assault from without. And now these exuberant Productions of the Earth became a continued Decoy and Snare unto him.
— John Woodward
In An Essay Toward A Natural History of the Earth (1695), 84-86.
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During the time of the Deluge, whilst the Water was out upon, and covered the Terrestrial Globe, … all Fossils whatever that had before obtained any Solidity, were totally dissolved, and their constituent Corpuscles all disjoyned, their Cohesion perfectly ceasing … [A]nd, to be short, all Bodies whatsoever that were either upon the Earth, or that constituted the Mass of it, if not quite down to the Abyss, yet at least to the greatest depth we ever dig: I say all these were assumed up promiscuously into the Water, and sustained in it, in such a manner that the Water, and Bodies in it, together made up one common confused Mass. That at length all the Mass that was thus borne up in the Water, was again precipitated and subsided towards the bottom. That this subsidence happened generally, and as near as possibly could be expected in so great a Confusion, according to the laws of Gravity.
— John Woodward
In An Essay Toward A Natural History of the Earth (1695), 74-75.
Science quotes on:  |  Deluge (8)  |  Fossil (111)

For the time of making Observations none can ever be amiss; there being no season, nor indeed hardly any place where in some Natural Thing or other does not present it self worthy of Remark: yea there are some things that require Observation all the Year round, as Springs, Rivers, &c. Nor is there any Season amiss for the gathering Natural Things. Bodies of one kind or other presenting themselves at all times, and in Winter as well as Summer.
— John Woodward
In Brief Instructions for Making Observations in all Parts of the World (1696), 10-11.
Science quotes on:  |  Gathering (3)  |  Natural Science (87)  |  Observation (443)  |  River (79)  |  Season (26)  |  Spring (67)  |  Summer (32)  |  Winter (29)

I know well there are those who would have the Study of Nature restrained wholly to Observations; without ever proceeding further. But due Consideration, and a deeper Insight into Things, would soon have undeceived and made them sensible of their error. Assuredly, that man who should spend his whole life in amassing together stone, timber, and other materials for building, without ever at the making any use, or raising any fabrick out of them, might well be reputed very fantastic and extravagant. And a like censure would be his due, who should be perpetually heaping up of natural collections without design. building a structure of philosophy out of them, or advancing some propositions that might turn to the benefit and advantage of the world. This is in reality the true and only proper end of collections, of observations, and natural history: and they are of no manner of use or value without it.
— John Woodward
In An Attempt Toward a Natural History of the Fossils of England (1729), xiii-xiv.
Science quotes on:  |  Building (52)  |  Collection (44)  |  Natural Science (87)  |  Observation (443)  |  Stone (74)  |  Timber (7)

In the Choice of … Things, neglect not any, tho’ the most ordinary and trivial; the Commonest Peble or Flint, Cockle or Oyster-shell, Grass, Moss, Fern or Thistle, will be as useful, and as proper to be gathered and sent, as any the rarest production of the Country. Only take care to choose of each the fairest of its kind, and such as are perfect or whole.
— John Woodward
In Brief Instructions for Making Observations in all Parts of the World (1696), 10.
Science quotes on:  |  Fern (4)  |  Flint (6)  |  Grass (35)  |  Moss (10)  |  Neglect (33)  |  Ordinary (67)  |  Oyster (9)  |  Pebble (19)  |  Shell (40)  |  Thistle (5)  |  Trivial (39)

The whole Terrestrial Globe was taken all to Pieces and dissolved at the Deluge, the Particles of Stone, Marble, and all other solid Fossils being dissevered, taken up into the Water, and there sustained with Sea-Shells and other Animal and Vegetable Bodyes: and that the present Earth consists, and was formed out of that promiscuous Mass of Sand, Earth, Shells, and the rest, falling down again, and subsiding from the Water.
— John Woodward
In An Essay Towards a Natural History of the Earth (3rd ed., 1723), Preface.
Science quotes on:  |  Deposit (10)  |  Earth (621)  |  Flood (35)  |  Fossil (111)  |  Geology (197)  |  Marble (14)  |  Sand (32)  |  Sedimentation (2)  |  Shell (40)  |  Stone (74)  |  Strata (19)  |  Water (281)


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