By Mott T. Greene
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 pass right into a number of disciplines. the writer of the speculation of continental drift—the direct ancestor of the trendy conception of plate tectonics and one of many key clinical suggestions 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, disorder, and harm. He eventually died of overexertion on a trip to probe the Greenland icecap and calculate its price of flow.
This landmark biography—the in simple terms whole account of the scientist’s interesting lifestyles and work—is the fruits of greater than 20 years of extensive examine. In Alfred Wegener, Mott T. Greene locations Wegener’s upbringing and theoretical advances in earth technological know-how within the context of his brilliantly eclectic profession, bringing Wegener to lifestyles through studying his released clinical paintings, delving into all of his surviving letters and journals, and tracing either his passionate dedication to technological know-how and his exciting reviews as a polar explorer, an army officer in the course of global battle I, and a world-record–setting balloonist.
In the process scripting this booklet, 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 data in Copenhagen, Munich, Marburg, Graz, and Bremerhaven, the place nearly all of Wegener’s surviving papers are came upon.
Written with nice immediacy and descriptive strength, Alfred Wegener is a strong portrait of the scientist who pioneered the fashionable thought of unified Earth technology. The e-book could 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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Alfred Wegener: Science, Exploration, and the Theory of Continental Drift by Mott T. Greene