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 reports in astronomy on the collage of Berlin, Wegener came upon himself drawn to not observatory technology yet to rugged fieldwork, which allowed him to go right into a number of disciplines. the writer of the speculation of continental drift—the direct ancestor of the fashionable conception of plate tectonics and one of many key clinical innovations 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 trouble, warfare, fiscal melancholy, medical isolation, sickness, and harm. He eventually died of overexertion on a trip to probe the Greenland icecap and calculate its cost of flow.

This landmark biography—the purely whole account of the scientist’s interesting lifestyles and work—is the fruits of greater than 20 years of in depth examine. In Alfred Wegener, Mott T. Greene areas Wegener’s upbringing and theoretical advances in earth technology within the context of his brilliantly eclectic occupation, 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 technological know-how and his exciting studies as a polar explorer, an army officer in the course of global conflict I, and a world-record–setting balloonist.

In the process scripting this publication, 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 records in Copenhagen, Munich, Marburg, Graz, and Bremerhaven, the place the vast majority of Wegener’s surviving papers are stumbled on.

Written with nice immediacy and descriptive energy, Alfred Wegener is a strong portrait of the scientist who pioneered the fashionable idea of unified Earth technological know-how. The publication can be of curiosity not just to earth scientists, scholars of polar trip and exploration, and historians yet to all readers who're serious about the good minds of science.

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