Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

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[J] Poster

M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-ZZ Others

[M-ZZ51] Geoscience Studies: historical, philosophical and STS studies

Mon. May 27, 2019 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall8, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Michiko Yajima(College of Humanity and Science, Nihon University), Shigeyuki Aoki(Faculty of Letters, Chuo University), Toshihiro Yamada(Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo), Shigeo Yoshida(Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University)

[MZZ51-P02] Rethinking 'Stenonian Revolution' in stratigraphy: From Prodromus (1669) to 'Anthropocene'

*Toshihiro Yamada1 (1.Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo )

Keywords:Nicolaus Steno, stratigraphy , scientific revolution

When the Danish anatomist Nicolaus Steno (1638-1686) published his Prodromus de solido in 1669, it is said that the history of geology saw a revolution in stratigraphy, i.e. 'Stenonian Revolution.' My research on this topic, however, revealed that the revolution implied not only the discovery of the principles of stratigraphy but also the emergence of the concept of 'history of nature' (Spinoza suggested) and 'geo-power' (embodied in Leibniz's practice). The significance of the revolution will be discussed.