Mott T. Greene's Alfred Wegener: Science, Exploration, and the Theory of PDF

By Mott T. Greene

ISBN-10: 142141712X

ISBN-13: 9781421417127

ISBN-10: 1421427095

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Alfred Wegener aimed to create a revolution in technological know-how which might rank with these of Nicolaus Copernicus and Charles Darwin. After finishing his doctoral stories in astronomy on the college of Berlin, Wegener discovered himself drawn to not observatory technological know-how yet to rugged fieldwork, which allowed him to move right into a number of disciplines. the writer of the speculation of continental drift—the direct ancestor of the fashionable thought of plate tectonics and one of many key medical thoughts of the prior century—Wegener additionally made significant contributions to geology, geophysics, astronomy, geodesy, atmospheric physics, meteorology, and glaciology. Remarkably, he accomplished this pathbreaking paintings whereas grappling variously with monetary hassle, battle, monetary melancholy, clinical isolation, affliction, and damage. He finally died of overexertion on a trip to probe the Greenland icecap and calculate its price of go with the flow.

This landmark biography—the merely entire account of the scientist’s interesting existence and work—is the end result of greater than 20 years of in depth learn. In Alfred Wegener, Mott T. Greene areas Wegener’s upbringing and theoretical advances in earth technological know-how within the context of his brilliantly eclectic occupation, bringing Wegener to existence through reading his released clinical paintings, delving into all of his surviving letters and journals, and tracing either his passionate dedication to technology and his exciting reports as a polar explorer, an army officer in the course of international conflict I, and a world-record–setting balloonist.

In the process scripting this ebook, Greene traveled to each position that Alfred Wegener lived and worked—to Berlin, rural Brandenburg, Marburg, Hamburg, and Heidelberg in Germany; to Innsbruck and Graz in Austria; and onto the Greenland icecap. He additionally pored over documents in Copenhagen, Munich, Marburg, Graz, and Bremerhaven, the place nearly all of Wegener’s surviving papers are discovered.

Written with nice immediacy and descriptive strength, Alfred Wegener is a robust portrait of the scientist who pioneered the trendy concept of unified Earth technological know-how. The booklet may be of curiosity not just to earth scientists, scholars of polar trip and exploration, and historians yet to all readers who're excited about the nice minds of science.

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