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The rejection of continental drift : theory and method in American earth science

Author: Naomi Oreskes
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why did American geologists reject the notion of continental drift, first posed in 1915? And why did British scientists view the theory as a pleasing confirmation? This text, based on archival resources, provides answers to these questions.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Oreskes, Naomi.
Rejection of continental drift.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)645903431
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Naomi Oreskes
ISBN: 0195117328 9780195117325 0195117336 9780195117332
OCLC Number: 38989594
Description: ix, 420 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Instability of Scientific Truth --
I. Not the Mechanism. 1. Two Visions of the Earth. 2. The Collapse of Thermal Contraction. 3. To Reconcile Historical Geology with Isostasy: 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 --
Epilogue: Utility and Truth.
Other Titles: Continental drift
Responsibility: Naomi Oreskes.
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In the early 20th century American earth scientists vociferously opposed the radical notion of continental drift. Yet 50 years later the idea was heralded as a scientific breakthrough. This text  Read more...

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