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Drawing on the memories of major theoreticians in the field, scientist and historian Naomi Oreskes offers a vivid history of just how that transformation occurred. She describes the early quest on the part of James Dana, Alfred Wegner, J. H. Hodgson, and other scientists to account for the mechanics of earthquakes and certain puzzling features of geomorphology, a quest widened and strengthened by the work of deep-ocean explorers who were able, beginning in the 1960s, to study tectonics at work far below the surface of the world's waters. Such advances, as pioneer Peter Molnar and others explain, did not immediately change the way geologists went about their work, but they quickly went on to revolutionize science--and then, as such things do, to become orthodox.
A useful reference for students of geology and the history of science, this book is also easily accessible to nonspecialists. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Wonderful book! The first person accounts of the scientists involved in the validation of Wegener's ideas were memorable and interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelly Terry
Accounts written by the individuals directly involved in the generation of a new way of looking at the earth. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lewis T. Fitch
Scientific America published the first article on Plates that ever read. Sorry I did not keep that issue. Read morePublished 21 months ago by William N Jensen
I initially read this book from the public library and liked it so well, I decided to buy it for my technical library. Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by GH Cameron