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The Resource Four revolutions in the earth sciences : from heresy to truth, James Lawrence Powell

Four revolutions in the earth sciences : from heresy to truth, James Lawrence Powell

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Four revolutions in the earth sciences : from heresy to truth
Title
Four revolutions in the earth sciences
Title remainder
from heresy to truth
Statement of responsibility
James Lawrence Powell
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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. When first suggested, each proposition violated scientific orthodoxy and was quickly denounced as scientific -- and sometimes religious - heresy. Nevertheless, after decades of rejection, scientists and many in the public grew to acknowledge the truth of each theory. The stories behind these four discoveries reflect more than the fascinating push and pull of scientific work. They reveal the provocative nature of science, which raises profound and uncomfortable truths as it advances. For example, the Earth and the solar system are older than all of human existence; the interactions among the moving plates and the continents they carry account for nearly all of the Earth's surface features; and nearly every important feature of our solar system results from the chance collision of objects in space. Most surprising of all, we have altered the climate of an entire planet and threaten the future of human civilization. This absorbing scientific history is the only book to describe 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 science can be trusted. In the process, astonishing ideas are born and, over time, take root
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DLC
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1936-
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Powell, James Lawrence
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Geological time
  • Meteoritic hypothesis
  • Geology
Label
Four revolutions in the earth sciences : from heresy to truth, James Lawrence Powell
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Publication
Note
A Brookings classic." With a new preface by the author. First Brookings edition published 1971 - title page verso. "Originally delivered in January 1970 as the third H. Rowan Gaither Lecture, at the University of California, Berkeley"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index (pages 333-367)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
List of Illustrations -- Preface -- Introduction -- Part 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 -- Part 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 -- Part 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 -- Part IV. Global Warming -- Origins of the CO2 Theory -- Tedious Calculations of Extraordinary Interest -- Destructive Criticism -- A Unique Experiment of Planetary Dimensions -- Giant Brains -- Warming Is Unequivocal -- From Heresy to Truth -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Recommended Reading -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
FIEb17658901
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 367 pages
Isbn
9780231164481
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)878953792
Label
Four revolutions in the earth sciences : from heresy to truth, James Lawrence Powell
Publication
Note
A Brookings classic." With a new preface by the author. First Brookings edition published 1971 - title page verso. "Originally delivered in January 1970 as the third H. Rowan Gaither Lecture, at the University of California, Berkeley"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index (pages 333-367)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
List of Illustrations -- Preface -- Introduction -- Part 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 -- Part 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 -- Part 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 -- Part IV. Global Warming -- Origins of the CO2 Theory -- Tedious Calculations of Extraordinary Interest -- Destructive Criticism -- A Unique Experiment of Planetary Dimensions -- Giant Brains -- Warming Is Unequivocal -- From Heresy to Truth -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Recommended Reading -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
FIEb17658901
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 367 pages
Isbn
9780231164481
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)878953792

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