Theories of the Earth and Universe: A History of Dogma in the Earth Sciences

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Stanford University Press, 1988 - Science - 413 pages
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Theories of the earth and universe: a history of dogma in the earth sciences

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This book is about the history of geology and its theories. Carey, long-time professor in Tasmania, reviews the problems seemingly always encountered when new ideas (whether about fossils or mountain ... Read full review

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Reads like Daniel Boorstien's The Discovers. Sadly I have only read the first 30 pages.. I hope it is reprinted for less than the rare book price.

Contents

Philosophy in the Stone Age
3
Planet Earth
14
Fossils
33
Neptunists and Plutonists
45
The Ice Age
63
The Age of the Earth
70
Numeracy in Geology
80
Continental Drift
89
Gravity Rules the Earth
205
Folding
217
Diapirs
225
A Simple Model of an Orogen
237
The Benioff Zone
251
Global Extension
261
Global Torsions
271
Evolution of the Lithosphere
306

Sowing the Seeds of Revolution
105
The Kuhnian Revolution
120
Development of the ExpandingEarth Concept
137
The Earth Is Expanding
150
The Subduction Myth
174
Criticisms of Earth Expansion
190
The Earth and Cosmology
325
Philosophical Speculations
351
Epilogue
363
Glossary
369
Index
391
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