From the Geological Society of London:
A Burlington House Lecture for the general public at the Geological Society of London
Archbishop Ussher and the Age of the Earth
Professor Graham Parry (University of York) and Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson (Trinity College, Dublin)
Archbishop Ussher’s pronouncement that the Earth was created on the evening preceding Sunday 23 October 4004 BC has tended to make him a laughingstock. However Ussher’s was a serious work of scholarship that began a tradition of inquiry into geochronology at Trinity College Dublin that led directly to the radiometric dating techniques that have now established the Earth’s age at 4567 million years. The speakers will examine the man behind the legend, the great work he left behind, and his successors at Trinity College – such as Professor John Joly, the man in the radioactive hat. A copy of Annales Veteris Testamenti (1650) by Ussher will be on display.
Date: 13 June Tea: 1730 Lecture: 1800 Close: 1900
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