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The Continental Drift Controversy

The Continental Drift Controversy
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  • Date Published: April 2017
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  • isbn: 9781316616512

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  • 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. Volume 1 covers the early 1900s when Wegener first proposed that the continents had once been a single landmass. Volume 2 describes the growing paleomagnetic case for continental drift in the 1950s and development of Apparent Polar Wander Paths. Volume 3 describes the expansion of the land-based paleomagnetic case for drifting continents, and Volume 4 recounts the discovery of geomagnetic reversals leading to the rapid acceptance of seafloor spreading and the birth of plate tectonics.

    • The most thorough account ever written of the most fundamental theory in the geosciences
    • Includes material from first-hand interviews with many of the leading scientists involved
    • Frankel's accessible writing style will appeal to Earth scientists of all disciplines, as well as historians and philosophers of science
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    '… 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.' Robert J. Mayhew, Progress in Physical Geography

    'Every historian of 20th-century Earth science will need these volumes close at hand; there is no substitute. Every scientist and educator seeking the stories behind the story of the changing face of the Earth will need them as well, none more than those who think they already know the story … It is the one that brings historians and scientists together in a common cause, as these volumes richly demonstrate.' Paul F. Hoffman, EOS

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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781316616512
    • dimensions: 250 x 170 x 123 mm
    • weight: 3kg
    • contains: 227 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    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 mid 1960s
    References
    Index. Volume 2: Introduction
    1. Geomagnetism and paleomagnetism:
    1946–1952
    2. British paleomagnetists begin shifting their research toward testing mobilism: summer 1951 to fall 1953
    3. Launching the global paleomagnetic test of continental drift:
    1954–1956
    4. Runcorn shifts to mobilism:
    1955–1956
    5. Enlargement and refinement of the paleomagnetic support for mobilism:
    1956 through 1960
    6. Earth expansion enters the mobilist controversy
    7. Development and criticism of the paleomagnetic case for mobilism: late 1950s and early 1960s
    8. Major reaction against the paleomagnetic case for mobilism and early work on the radiometric reversal time scale:
    1958–1962
    References
    Index. Volume 3: Introduction
    1. Extension and reception of paleomagnetic/paleoclimatic support for mobilism, 1960 to 1966
    2. Reception of the paleomagnetic case for mobilism by several notables, 1957 to 1965
    3. Seafloor spreading, the first version: Harry Hess develops seafloor spreading
    4. Another version of seafloor spreading: Robert Dietz
    5. The Pacific as seen from Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Menard's changing views about the origin and evolution of the ocean floor
    6. Fixism and Earth expansion at Lamont Geological Observatory
    References
    Index. Volume 4: Introduction
    1. Reception of competing views of seafloor evolution, 1961–1962
    2. Explaining the origin of marine magnetic anomalies, 1958–1963
    3. Continuing disagreements over continental drift, the evolution of ocean floors, and mantle convection, 1963–1964
    4. Further work on the Vine–Matthews hypothesis and development of the idea of transform faults, 1964–1965
    5. Resolution of the continental drift controversy
    6. Plate tectonics introduced
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Henry R. Frankel, University of Missouri, Kansas City
    Henry Frankel was awarded a PhD from Ohio State University in 1974 and then took a position at the University of Missouri – Kansas City where he became Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department (1999–2004). His interest in the continental drift controversy and the plate tectonics revolution began while teaching a course on conceptual issues in science during the late 1970s. The controversy provided him with an example of a recent and major scientific revolution to test philosophical accounts of scientific growth and change. Over the next thirty years, and with the support of the United States National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society, Professor Frankel's research went on to yield new and fascinating insights into the evolution of the most important theory in the Earth sciences.

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