The Highlands Controversy
Constructing Geological Knowledge through Fieldwork in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Oldroyd uses archival material and his own extensive reconstruction of the nineteenth-century fieldwork in a case study showing how detailed maps and sections made it possible to understand the exceptionally complex geological structure of the Highlands
An invaluable addition to the history of geology, The Highlands Controversy also makes important contributions to our understanding of the social and conceptual processes of scientific work, especially in times of heated dispute.
1. Nineteenth-Century British Geology and Its Historiography: Some Themes, Goals, and Methods
2. Early Geological Investigations in the Northwest Highlands
3. Geological Work of Murchison and Nicol in the Northwest Highlands: 1850s
4. The Fieldwork of 1859 and the Aberdeen Meeting of the British Association
5. The Murchison-Geikie Tour of 1860
6. Murchison and Geikie contra Nicol: The Establishment of the "Northwest Paradigm"
7. The Battle Rejoined and the Collapse of the Murchisonian Paradigm
8. Charles Lapworth: Digressions and Diversions to the Southern Uplands and the Alps
9. The Professionals Vindicated: The Work of the Surveyors in the Northwest Highlands
10. The Impact of the Highlands Controversy on the Progress of the Geological Survey: The Wharton Committee's Inquiry
11. Issues: Methodological, Epistemological, and Social