ACCLAIM FOR ALAN CUTLER'S
THE SEASHELL ON THE MOUNTAINTOP
written.... Cutler's book is marvelous for making one think
about what qualifies as an explanation, and for exploring the
endless debates that mix strands of partial knowledge with the
need to reconcile religious testaments. And it is timely. Nearly
half the people in our country today don't accept evolution. Predictably,
they have trouble with concepts of the age and structure of the
earth, the generation and sequence of its fossil remains, and
cosmology itself. For these people, the dialogue between religion
and science has not changed much since the 1600's. So both
the pious and the impious should find much to ponder in Cutler's
account of Steno's times and the fate of his ideas."
The New York Times Book Review
one of the best books of scientific history in recent years....
The tale of Steno has been a long time coming, but on the evidence
of this splendid volume, it has been well worth the wait."
Simon Winchester, The Boston Globe
Seashell on the Mountaintop is an exemplary book of its kind:
brief, informative, well researched, and free of the jargon that
so often mars books about science."
The Washington Times
compelling story about an unusually modest genius."
his first book, geologist Alan Cutler has engagingly fleshed out
Steno's life, but it is more than just a work of geology. He
thoughtfully portrays the uneasy intersection of religion and
science, life in the 1600s and 1700s, and the beginnings of modern
science. It is a book as complex and intriguing as the rocks that
The Seattle Times
Cutler's animated and energetic prose provides a page-turning
thriller of scientific discovery, and this splendid biography
captures in intimate detail not only its subject but also the
tenor of Steno's times."
"A sophisticated portrait of a forgotten pioneer."