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Continental Drift Controversy

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ISBN-10: 0521875072

ISBN-13: 9780521875073

Edition: N/A

Authors: Henry R. Frankel

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List price: $562.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/10/2012
Binding: Box or Slipcased 
Pages: 2160
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 5.00" tall
Weight: 11.550

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#x2013;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,…    

How the mobilism debate was structured
Wegener and Taylor develop their theories of continental drift
Sub-controversies in the drift debate, 1920s-1950s
The mechanism sub-controversy: 1921-1951
Arthur Holmes and his Theory of Substratum Convection, 1915-1955
Regionalism and the reception of mobilism: South Africa, India and South America from the 1920s through the early 1950s
Regional reception of mobilism in North America: 1920s through the 1950s
Reception and development of mobilism in Europe: 1920s through the 1950s
Fixism's popularity in Australia: 1920s to mid 1960s
Geomagnetism and paleomagnetism: 1946-1952
British paleomagnetists begin shifting their research toward testing mobilism: summer 1951 to fall 1953
Launching the global paleomagnetic test of continental drift: 1954-1956
Runcorn shifts to mobilism: 1955-1956
Enlargement and refinement of the paleomagnetic support for mobilism: 1956 through 1960
Earth expansion enters the mobilist controversy
Development and criticism of the paleomagnetic case for mobilism: late 1950s and early 1960s
Major reaction against the paleomagnetic case for mobilism and early work on the radiometric reversal time scale: 1958-1962
Extension and reception of paleomagnetic/paleoclimatic support for mobilism, 1960 to 1966
Reception of the paleomagnetic case for mobilism by several notables, 1957 to 1965
Seafloor spreading, the first version: Harry Hess develops seafloor spreading
Another version of seafloor spreading: Robert Dietz
The Pacific as seen from Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Menard's changing views about the origin and evolution of the ocean floor
Fixism and Earth expansion at Lamont Geological Observatory
Reception of competing views of seafloor evolution, 1961-1962
Explaining the origin of marine magnetic anomalies, 1958-1963
Continuing disagreements over continental drift, the evolution of ocean floors, and mantle convection, 1963-1964
Further work on the Vine-Matthews hypothesis and development of the idea of transform faults, 1964-1965
Resolution of the continental drift controversy
Plate tectonics introduced