John Walton has always been enthusiastic about science research. His academic career took him from Sheffield University to Dundee University and thence to St. Andrews University where he is now Research Professor of Chemistry. He is recognized as a world expert on free radicals and on chemical timing methods. He never tires of observing the entropic dances of free radicals in chemical space and of trying to fathom their bonding rituals in chemistry and biology. This earned him invitations as guest scientist at Universities on the Continent and in North America. He is a prolific science writer of hundreds of specialized papers as well as the books âFree Radical Chemistryâ and âRadicalsâ. He has a lively interest in everything relating to science and faith and has written numerous magazine articles and given talks on this theme in the UK and overseas. He lives with his bonny wife in picturesque St. Andrews beside the grey-green sea.
Compact Time is an unconventional book taking a journey of discovery into the realm of time and timing methods. It highlights the fallacies of methods currently applied to Earth history and then draws attention to the radiocarbon dating technique. Radiocarbon decays away in only thousands of years. A recent remarkable finding is that undecayed, radiocarbon permeates the whole geologic column; itâs even in fossil dinosaur bones. Modern earth science recognizes many catastrophic events as crucial in the building of the geologic column. On condensing the timescale to that of radiocarbon, all these catastrophes are seen to be linked in a geologic chain reaction dubbed the âgiga-catastrophe.â This is linked to the widespread accounts of a global flood. The result is a compact chronology for earth history lasting only thousands of years. Numerous historical, geological and paleontological lines of evidence supporting this are described. The implications for understanding human origins and human history are unfolded. The consequences of Compact Time for belief systems including naturalism, theistic evolution and conservative Christianity are brought to light.