The Rejection of Continental Drift: Theory and Method in American Earth Science

The Rejection of Continental Drift: Theory and Method in American Earth Science

Naomi Oreskes


within the early 20th century, American earth scientists have been united of their competition to the new--and hugely radical--notion of continental flow, even going as far as to label the idea "unscientific." a few fifty years later, besides the fact that, continental waft used to be heralded as a tremendous medical leap forward and this day it truly is authorised as medical truth. Why did American geologists reject so adamantly an idea that's now thought of a cornerstone of the self-discipline? And why have been their eu colleagues receptive to it a lot previous? This publication, in accordance with vast archival examine on 3 continents, presents very important new solutions whereas giving the 1st unique account of the yankee geological neighborhood within the first 1/2 the century. demanding past old paintings in this episode, Naomi Oreskes exhibits that continental flow used to be no longer rejected for the shortcoming of a causal mechanism, yet since it appeared to clash with the elemental criteria of perform in American geology. This account presents a compelling examine how clinical rules are made and unmade.

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