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The continental drift controversy /
Henry Frankel.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012-
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v. <1 >
ISBN
0521875048 (hardback), 9780521875042 (hardback)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012-
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0521875048 (hardback)
9780521875042 (hardback)
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Machine generated contents note: 1. How the mobilism debate was structured; 2. Wegener and Taylor develop their theories of continental drift; 3. Sub-controversies in the drift debate, 1920s-1950s; 4. The mechanism sub-controversy: 1921-1951; 5. Arthur Holmes and his Theory of Substratum Convection, 1915-1955; 6. Regionalism and the reception of mobilism: South Africa, India and South America from the 1920s through the early 1950s; 7. Regional reception of mobilism in North America: 1920s through the 1950s; 8. Reception and development of mobilism in Europe: 1920s through the 1950s; 9. Fixism's popularity in Australia: 1920s to middle 1960s; Index.
abstract
"Resolution of the sixty year debate over continental drift, culminating in the triumph of plate tectonics, changed the very fabric of Earth Science. This three-volume treatise on the continental drift controversy is the first complete history of the origin, debate and gradual acceptance of this revolutionary theory. Based on extensive interviews, archival papers and original works, Frankel weaves together the lives and work of the scientists involved, producing an accessible narrative for scientists and non-scientists alike. This first volume covers the period in the early 1900s when Wegener first pointed out that the Earth's major landmasses could be fitted together like a jigsaw and went on to propose that the continents had once been joined together in a single landmass, which he named Pangaea. It describes the reception of Wegener's theory as it splintered into sub-controversies and geoscientists became divided between the 'fixists' and 'mobilists'"--
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8418197
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"A well constructed and gripping narrative, which preserves the complex scientific detail, but invites one in to this fascinating world and helps the reader patiently to find a way through its labyrinth. Frankel is a wonderful guide and worthy of your trust." - Mott Greene, University of Puget Sound and University of Washington
"Because the volumes synthesize many sources, one may indeed be capable of understanding the growth of the theory even better than those who participated in the research!..for someone interested in how the theory came about, this set is irreplaceable, fascinating, and illuminating, Essential." - I.D Sasowsky, CHOICE, December 2012
Praise for the 4-volume collection: '… an unparalleled study of remarkable depth, detail and quality of a key development in our ideas about how the Earth functions … because Frankel draws on his extensive oral historical work with the key players in the development of plate tectonics, this is a study which can never be repeated in terms of its proximity to the events narrated, so many of those key players now being deceased.' Progress in Physical Geography
Praise for the series "...an unparalleled study of remarkable depth, detail and quality of a key development in our ideas about how the Earth functions. ..because Frankel draws on his extensive oral historical work with the key players in the development of plate tectonics, this is a study which can never be repeated in terms of its proximity to the events narrated, so many of those key players now being deceased." - Antonio D. del Campo, Progress in Physical Geography
Praise for the set: '… an unparalleled study of remarkable depth, detail and quality of a key development in our ideas about how the Earth functions … because Frankel draws on his extensive oral historical work with the key players in the development of plate tectonics, this is a study which can never be repeated in terms of its proximity to the events narrated, so many of those key players now being deceased.' Progress in Physical Geography
“This is the definitive history of the way science really worked during the prolonged great geoscience debate of the twentieth century. …Superb either for sampling, eased by excellent organization, or for a long, rewarding read.” - Warren Hamilton, Colorado School of Mines
“What is so impressive about this monumental work is its completeness. Frankel has gone back to the original sources and papers, to ensure complete understanding of the scientific issues involved. I recommend these volumes to anyone interested in the subject.” - Dan McKenzie, University of Cambridge
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
The definitive account of the early debate over Wegener's theory of continental drift, based on extensive interviews and archival material.
Description for Bookstore
This first volume of The Continental Drift Controversy covers the period in the early 1900s when Wegener first identified that the Earth's major landmasses could be fitted together like a jigsaw and went on to propose that the continents had once been joined together in a single landmass.
Library of Congress Summary
"Resolution of the sixty year debate over continental drift, culminating in the triumph of plate tectonics, changed the very fabric of Earth Science. This three-volume treatise on the continental drift controversy is the first complete history of the origin, debate and gradual acceptance of this revolutionary theory. Based on extensive interviews, archival papers and original works, Frankel weaves together the lives and work of the scientists involved, producing an accessible narrative for scientists and non-scientists alike. This first volume covers the period in the early 1900s when Wegener first pointed out that the Earth's major landmasses could be fitted together like a jigsaw and went on to propose that the continents had once been joined together in a single landmass, which he named Pangaea. It describes the reception of Wegener's theory as it splintered into sub-controversies and geoscientists became divided between the 'fixists' and 'mobilists'"--
Main Description
Resolution of the sixty year debate over continental drift, culminating in the triumph of plate tectonics, changed the very fabric of Earth Science. This four-volume treatise on the continental drift controversy is the first complete history of the origin, debate and gradual acceptance of this revolutionary theory. Based on extensive interviews, archival papers and original works, Frankel weaves together the lives and work of the scientists involved, producing an accessible narrative for scientists and non-scientists alike. This first volume covers the period in the early 1900s when Wegener first pointed out that the Earth's major landmasses could be fitted together like a jigsaw and went on to propose that the continents had once been joined together in a single landmass, which he named Pangaea. It describes the reception of Wegener's theory as it splintered into sub-controversies and geoscientists became divided between the 'fixists' and 'mobilists'.
Table of Contents
How the mobilism debate was structured
Wegener and Taylor develop their theories of continental drift
Sub-controversies in the drift debate, 1920s-1950s
The mechanism sub-controversy: 1921-1951
Arthur Holmes and his Theory of Substratum Convection, 1915-1955
Regionalism and the reception of mobilism: South Africa, India and South America from the 1920s through the early 1950s
Regional reception of mobilism in North America: 1920s through the 1950s
Reception and development of mobilism in Europe: 1920s through the 1950s
Fixism's popularity in Australia: 1920s to middle 1960s
Index
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