Ten fun facts about James Hutton


Fact 1
He initially began the first discussion on the scientific basis that the Earth was a living thing.

Fact 2
James attended the University of Edinburgh at the young age of 14.

Fact 3
At the age of 21 he had a song but he did not have much to do with him after giving him little financial assistance.


Fact 4
His father died when he was young, but he inherited a farm from him where he practiced ideas with plants and animals.

Fact 5
He founded uniformitarianism, a principle in geology.

Fact 6
He was an advocate of evolution. During his ownership of the farm, he wrote an unpublished piece regarding his animal breeding and experiments titled "Elements of Agriculture".

Fact 7
Some of his theories were included in the theory called plutonism.

Fact 8
In 1785 he found how granite formed from cooling of molten rock rather than out of water.

Fact 9
He has published a 2,138 page book called "An Investigation of the Principles of Knowledge and of the Progress of Reason, from Sense to Science and Philosophy".

Fact 10
Hutton was insistent that the Earth was older than a few thousand years, eventually pushing the age of the Earth into millions of years.


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