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Drifting Continents and Shifting Theories

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ISBN-10: 0521311055

ISBN-13: 9780521311052

Edition: 1988

Authors: H. E. Le Grand

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This innovative book uses the story of how a modern science achieved its present shape and focus to introduce the question of the nature of scientific change and its philosophical analysis. The "modern revolution in geology" of the 1960s and 1970s saw the triumph of the global theory of plate tectonics, and decisive turning point in fifty years' controversy and competition first sparked in 1912 by Wegener's proposal of continenta drift. Here, Professor Le Grand interweaves a history of this episode of scientific change with reflective discussions of its historical, philosophical, and social circumstances, and of the development of science more generally. The approach of the book is exploratory; the reader is encouraged to be an active participant--to use the historical narrative to understand and criticize some of the more recent, influential ideas about science and scientists, to draw conclusions, and especially to pose questions about how and why changes occur in scientific knowledge and practice.
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Book details

List price: $88.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/15/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Solid as a rock? Geology before Wegener
Wegener and his theory: antecedents and arguments
Debate around the earth
Specialties, localism and problem-solving
Interregnum: competion and stalemate
Palacomagnetism, Drift and polar wandering
Patterns and puzzles from the sea
Shifting theories
The 'revolution' proclaimed
Theories of scientific change and the modern revolution in geology
Bibliography
Index