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Flawed, but still an interesting historical perspective
on August 5, 2010
The book has a number of flaws, chief among them being to mention of plate tectonics. None-the-less, recent research (Maloof, etc.) is demonstrating that plate tectonics and polar migration can and do exist simultaneously, that is, the acceptance of plate tectonics does not mean that polar migration does not occur. Maloof makes some well-received arguments that polar migration is a very real occurrence that occurs in conjunction with plate tectonics, that indeed plate tectonics may be a partial cause of polar migration due to its unbalancing effect on the earth, much as the author makes for polar ice caps. It's a pity the author didn't live long enough or feel the need to revise his book in his lifetime to include the theory of plate tectonics in an update. He would have been well ahead of his time as he was with his book on ancient maps. This book offers a good historical perspective on the thinking (and unresolved questions) that led up to the theory of plate tectonics, but is, in large measure, is simply wrong and can't be considered an accurate or scientific answer for the questions he raises. It happens in science that way sometimes when an author is on the "bleeding edge."