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Alfred Wegener: Science, Exploration, and the Theory of by Mott T. Greene

By Mott T. Greene

Alfred Wegener aimed to create a revolution in technology which might rank with these of Nicolaus Copernicus and Charles Darwin. After finishing his doctoral reviews in astronomy on the collage of Berlin, Wegener came upon 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 idea of continental drift—the direct ancestor of the trendy concept of plate tectonics and one of many key clinical options of the earlier 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 trouble, warfare, monetary melancholy, medical isolation, disease, and harm. He finally died of overexertion on a trip to probe the Greenland icecap and calculate its expense of flow.

This landmark biography—the in simple terms entire account of the scientist’s interesting lifestyles and work—is the end result of greater than 20 years of in depth study. 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 by way of interpreting his released clinical paintings, delving into all of his surviving letters and journals, and tracing either his passionate dedication to technology and his exciting stories as a polar explorer, an army officer in the course of global battle I, and a world-record–setting balloonist.

In the process penning this e-book, 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 stumbled on.

Written with nice immediacy and descriptive strength, Alfred Wegener is a robust portrait of the scientist who pioneered the fashionable thought of unified Earth technological know-how. The e-book can be of curiosity not just to earth scientists, scholars of polar shuttle and exploration, and historians yet to all readers who're enthusiastic about the good minds of science.

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