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Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth

Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Oreskes, Naomi

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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 c...ollection, and analysis that came together in the late 1960's to constitute plate tectonics is one of the great scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century. Scholarly books have been written about tectonics, but none by the key scientists-players themselves. In Plate Tectonics, editor Naomi Oreskes has assembled those scientists who played crucial roles in developing the theory to tell - for the first time, and in their own words - the stories of their involvement in the extraordinary confrimation of the theory. The book opens with an overview of the history of plate tectonics, including in-context definitions of the key terms that are discussed throughout the book. Oreskes explains how the forerunners of the theory, Wegener and du Toit, raised questions that were finally answered thirty years later, and how scientists working at the key academic institutions - Cambridge and Princeton Universities, Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory, and the University of California-San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography - competed and collaborated until the theory coalesced.
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ISBN 9780813341323
Released AU 7 Feb 2003
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Frontiers in Physics
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ISBN-13 9780813341323
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc
Imprint Westview Press Inc
Released 7 Feb 2003
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Oreskes, Naomi
Series Frontiers in Physics
Category History
Science: General Issues
Natural History, Country Life & Pets
Number of Pages 452
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 27mm
Dewey Code 551.136
Weight 635g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress History, Plate tectonics, Plate tectonics - History, Aufsatzsammlung, Plattentektonik
NBS Text Natural History: General
ONIX Text General/trade