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Rejection of Continental Drift : Theory and Method in American Earth Sciences

Rejection of Continental Drift : Theory and Method in American Earth Sciences - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195117325

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ISBN13: 978-0195117325
ISBN10: 0195117328
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Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
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Rejection of Continental Drift : Theory and Method in American Earth Sciences - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195117325

Naomi Oreskes

ISBN13: 978-0195117325
ISBN10: 0195117328
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

In the early 20th century, American earth scientists vociferously opposed the new--and highly radical--notion of continental drift. Yet 50 years later the same idea was heralded as a major scientific breakthrough, and today continental drift is accepted as a scientific fact. This insightful book, based on archival sources, looks at why American geologists initially rejected the idea so adamantly while their counterparts in Europe were relatively receptive.

Author Bio

Oreskes, Naomi : University of California, San Diego

Table of Contents

I. Not the Mechanism

1. Two Visions of the Earth
2. The Collapse of Thermal Contraction
3. To Reconcile Historical Geology with Isotasy: Continental Drift
4. Drift Mechanisms in the 1920s

II. Theory and Method

5. From Fact to Theory
6. The Short Step Backward
7. Uniformitarianism and Unity

III. A Revolution in Acceptance

8. Direct and Indirect Evidence
9. An Evidentiary and Epistemic Shift
10. The Depersonalization of Geology


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