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Time Matters

by Michael Leddra
Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 269 pages.

Time Matters describes the development of, and the controversies surrounding, the concept of geologic time, with a focus on events in Britain. While appreciating “Leddra’s willingness to put himself in the minds of people long ago and his efforts to convey that attitude to the reader” and the copious illustrations in his book, reviewer Steven Dutch regards Time Matters as “severely compromised by almost exclusive reliance on secondary sources, some problems of organization, and a few startling and egregious errors.” A chapter is devoted to creationism, but only three pages are allotted to creationism in the United States, mostly on the Scopes trial.