Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History of the Modern Theory of the Earth” as Want to Read:
Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History of the Modern Theory of the Earth
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History of the Modern Theory of the Earth

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Can anyone today imagine the earth without its puzzle-piece construction of plate tectonics? The very term, "plate tectonics," coined only thirty-five years ago, is now part of the vernacular, part of everyone's understanding of the way the earth works.The theory, research, data collection, and analysis that came together in the late 1960’s to constitute plate tectonics is ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 7th 2003 by Westview Press (first published December 26th 2001)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Plate Tectonics, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Plate Tectonics

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Thi T.
Jan 26, 2014 Thi T. rated it it was amazing
This important scientific revolution seems to suffer from shallow treatment by educational media designed for he public. It's mind-boggling. Your parents lived through this scientific revolution. You If have ever been heard someone intimate that the jigsaw puzzle fit between South America and Africa was somehow a smoking gun to accepting continental drift, read this book. If you have ever been taught that Plate Tectonics needed a physical mechanism to explain it, read this book. The essays in th ...more
Pam
Jun 30, 2009 Pam rated it it was amazing
Essays on the emergence of one of the most important development in the history of geology written by the folks that made them. It's hard to believe that the underpinnings for much of today's geology is only about 50 years old. These essays bring the discoveries that lead to the breakthrough to life. Science in the excitement of discovery!
Anthony Faber
Apr 07, 2015 Anthony Faber rated it it was amazing
A bunch of historical essays by the people that were at the forefront of the plate tectonics "revolution", talking about what happened. A few of them were geared for someone who either has more knowledge than me or better retention of what was written earlier, but I followed most of it and the description of academic culture in the late 50s and 60s was interesting.
Elizabeth
Jan 29, 2016 Elizabeth marked it as to-read
As heard on the Nature Backchat podcast: http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/...
Zora
Zora rated it really liked it
Sep 15, 2014
Fred Marton
Fred Marton rated it it was amazing
Apr 21, 2017
Elisabeth
Elisabeth rated it really liked it
Apr 07, 2017
Mark
Mark rated it liked it
May 29, 2015
Vena
Vena rated it really liked it
Mar 22, 2009
Gordon Macdonald
Gordon Macdonald rated it really liked it
Aug 06, 2011
Dwight Eggers
Dwight Eggers rated it really liked it
Jan 06, 2014
Caleb
Caleb rated it it was amazing
Dec 09, 2012
Cara
Cara rated it it was amazing
Apr 14, 2015
Dave
Dave rated it it was amazing
Jul 22, 2014
Dani
Dani rated it it was amazing
Jan 08, 2016
Sam
Sam rated it it was amazing
Apr 10, 2017
Karin Warren
Karin Warren rated it really liked it
May 21, 2014
Cathie
Cathie rated it really liked it
Jun 01, 2014
Eleanor
Eleanor rated it really liked it
Jun 21, 2016
Jennifer
Jennifer rated it liked it
Nov 28, 2016
Dan
Dan rated it it was amazing
Aug 30, 2009
Joseph C.Migliore
Joseph C.Migliore rated it it was amazing
Jan 03, 2017
G. H.
G. H. rated it it was amazing
Feb 10, 2015
Sameera Lasantha
Sameera Lasantha rated it it was ok
Nov 28, 2014
Jennifer Faulkner
Jennifer Faulkner rated it it was amazing
Aug 11, 2012
Benoît
Benoît rated it really liked it
Mar 25, 2017
Nikolas
Nikolas rated it it was amazing
Aug 27, 2016
Calen
Calen rated it it was amazing
Feb 25, 2014
Dave
Dave rated it liked it
Oct 04, 2011
Rob Millenaar
Rob Millenaar rated it really liked it
Nov 15, 2014
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
142427
Naomi Oreskes is an American science historian and Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California San Diego.
More about Naomi Oreskes...

Share This Book