ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: February 21, 2020
The Old Red Sandstone, or, New Walks in an Old Field
By (author) Hugh Miller; Edited by Dr Michael A. Taylor; Edited by Professor Ralph O'Connor; Foreword by James Robertson
Hugh Miller was born in Cromarty, Ross-shire in 1802. A self-taught stonemason, writer, social crusader and geologist, his name was known in his lifetime not just in Scotland but across the English-speaking world. This facsimile edition of his classic book, first published in 1841, concerns ‘The Old Red Sandstone’, an assemblage of rocks in the North Atlantic region, largely of Devonian age. In a pre-Darwinian era, Miller was able to reconcile his geological knowledge with his religious beliefs – he saw geology as evidence, not as disproof, of godly design. His writing is still immensely readable (he was known as ‘the poet of geology’) and as novelist James Robertson says in his Foreword ‘ … if it tells us less than we now know about our planet’s geology it tells us much about how we have gained that knowledge, and how science is and can only ever be a part of wider human culture.’
Hugh Miller (1802-56), stonemason, geologist and writer, was famous in his lifetime across the English-speaking world. Dr Michael A. Taylor is Research Association, Department of Natural Sciences, National Museums Scotland, and Visiting Research Fellow, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Professor Ralph O’Connor is Professor in the Literature and Culture of Britain, Ireland and Iceland, University of Aberdeen.