It is a drama consisting of a prologue and three acts, complex characters, and no clear heroes or villains.
The first argument was completely undermined after taking into account the amount of heat generated by radioactive decay.
The second depended on highly dubious theories of formation of the earth and moon and plays relatively little role in this compilation.
Roman poet Lucretius, intellectual heir to the Greek atomists, believed its formation must have been relatively recent, given that there were no records going back beyond the Trojan War.
The Talmudic rabbis, Martin Luther and others used the biblical account to extrapolate back from known history and came up with rather similar estimates for when the earth came into being.
Most notable is William Thomson, ennobled to become Lord Kelvin in 1892, whose theories make up an entire section of this collection.