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 collage of Berlin, Wegener chanced on himself drawn to not observatory technology yet to rugged fieldwork, which allowed him to move right into a number of disciplines. the writer of the idea of continental drift—the direct ancestor of the fashionable thought of plate tectonics and one of many key medical 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 trouble, conflict, financial melancholy, clinical isolation, disorder, and damage. He eventually died of overexertion on a trip to probe the Greenland icecap and calculate its fee of flow.
This landmark biography—the simply 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 via 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 stories 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 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 information 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 inspiration of unified Earth technological know-how. The booklet could be of curiosity not just to earth scientists, scholars of polar trip and exploration, and historians yet to all readers who're fascinated with the nice minds of science.
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Alfred Wegener: Science, Exploration, and the Theory of Continental Drift by Mott T. Greene