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Hutton's Arse: 3 Billion Years of Extraordinary Geology in Scotland's Northern Highlands [Paperback]

M.H. Rider
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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Rider-French Consulting Limited (12 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954190610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954190613
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hutton's Arse" is a science book that describes modern geological science and illustrates theories using spectacular locations across the Northern Highlands of Scotland.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geological writing worthy of the Highlands. 13 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
This excellent book manages to delve deep into the complexities of Scottish geology using lucid explanations of sometimes quite complex science to explain details and principles which are usually either avoided by the dumbing-down demanded by popular science or couched in terminology so esoteric as to be incomprehensible to the less-than-PhD standard reader. The only book I have read which is truly worthy of its wonderful subject matter and surely compulsory reading for any aspiring geologist, geomorphologist or anyone simply eager to understand something of Britain's most wild and beautiful landscapes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars seriously entertaining book 14 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
Bought this book on the strength of its title and the backup material on its website huttonsarse.com. Not disappointed - it lives up to its title. Not a field guide, and doesn't assume any knowledge of geo-jargon. But serious heavyweight geology in a lucid, personal, and entertaining style. I gave my copy away to a friend who lives in Wester Ross so now I'm back on Amazon buying another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where science writing should go 15 Jun 2008
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I've enjoyed this book immensely since I found it in a little shop in Gairloch. Its compelling title drew me in and as soon as I saw Scotland's geology was being discussed with that of the Moon and Mars, I knew Rider was on the right track. At times, Rider leans a bit heavily on the terms and expressions he knows so well from his geology background and gentler guidance for the reader would help get some of the finer points of geology across. I also could have done without the rants about wind farms. They seemed so out of place in such a good book. Nevertheless, Rider ably mixes fine storytelling of a human dimension with the awe of Earth's history and context in the Solar System.

Well done, Malcolm Rider. Your book is a gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hutton's Arse 15 Aug 2010
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This catchily-titled book gives a fascinating introduction to the three-billion year evolution of the modern northern Scottish landscape. Although written for geological laymen and women, at times I had to re-read sections to understand them. It contrasts with the more formally written 'Land of Mountain and Flood' which describes the process for the whole of Scotland and is easier to understand. Malcolm Rider lets his enthusiasm and personality permeate the book, and comes across as a good guy to have a pint with.
I see the two books as complementary. Together they are inspirational in motivating the reader (book in hand, camera around neck, and damn the rain)to get out there, and see for him or herself. And, yes, I've made a start and there's a long way to go, but there are far worse ways of spending time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Readable and entertaining for the non-specialist 25 Mar 2010
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This book gives a great overview of the early geological development of our planet. It manages to be readable for the non-geologist without dumbing-down the content. It does use technical terms, but those that are important are explained, the rest can be ignored without losing the thread of the argument. The writing allows the reader to engage with the material at his or her own level. The book also uses many historical anecdotes to give an entertaining background to the geoligical concepts explained. Its a great book, entertaining without losing the academic content.

Why not 5 stars? Well, mixed in with the excellent geological material are the author's completely off-topic rants, complaints and petty grievences about everything from wind-farms and fishing to Saddam Hussain. Better the author reserved this material for disussions in the pub, or the letters column of his local newspaper.
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