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This led some to conclude that he was actually asserting that Earth was infinitely old.
Accordingly, Kelvin sought to apply the knowledge of physics to the problem.
The historical impact of Kelvin's judgment was profound.
The timeframe he provided was too short for observed geological processes to create Earth's current geography (Knopf, 16) and did not allow enough time for evolution to explain the diversity of life (60).
Kelvin was widely regarded as the best physicist of his time; his expertise on thermodynamics was particularly revered (Dalrymple, 33; Hallam, 108; Lewis, 34).
It made sense that Kelvin would approach the age question from the perspective of his primary field of study.