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Four revolutions in the earth sciences : from heresy to truth

Author: James Lawrence Powell
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2014] ©2015
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Over the course of the twentieth century, scientists came to accept four counterintuitive yet fundamental facts about the Earth: deep time, continental drift, meteorite impact, and global warming. This scientific history describes the evolution of these four ideas from heresy to truth, showing how science works in practice and how it inevitably corrects the mistakes of its practitioners. Scientists can be wrong, but  Read more...
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Powell, James Lawrence.
Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences : From Heresy to Truth.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Lawrence Powell
ISBN: 9780231538459 0231538456
OCLC Number: 894791171
Description: 1 online resource (385 pages)
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. I DEEP TIME --
The Abyss of Time --
A Great Mistake Has Been Made --
The Bank of Time --
Account Overdrawn --
Strange Rays --
An Hourglass of Great Precision --
Geochronology --
Duck Soup --
pt. II CONTINENTAL DRIFT AND PLATE TECTONICS --
An Idea to Pursue --
A Very Trusting Man --
Dead on Arrival --
Geologists Unite Against Heresy --
Continental Drift: Not Even Wrong --
Postwar Surprises --
Wandering Poles or Drifting Continents? --
The Final Confrontation --
Spreading Seafloors --
HypotHESSes --
The Discovery of the Century --
All This Rubbish --
pt. III METEORITE IMPACT --
A Trivial Process --
To Hunt a Star --
The Moon's Face --
Rosetta Stone --
To a Rocky Moon --
Worlds in Collision --
Dinosaur Killer --
Out with a Bang --
Cosmic Pinball --
pt. IV GLOBAL WARMING --
Origins of the CO2 Theory --
Tedious Calculations of Extraordinary Interest --
Destructive Criticism --
A Unique Experiment of Planetary Dimensions --
Giant Brains. Note continued: Warming Is Unequivocal --
From Heresy to Truth.
Responsibility: James Lawrence Powell.

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How does science advance from entrenched orthodoxy to embrace new ideas? How do we come to accept as truths propositions that at first seem like heresies?  Read more...

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