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Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History of the Modern Theory of the Earth
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 1960s to constitute plate tectonics is ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 7th 2003 by Westview Press
(first published December 26th 2001)
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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 ...more
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!
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.
Naomi Oreskes is an American historian of science. She became Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University in 2013, after 15 years as Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego.