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 reports in astronomy on the collage of Berlin, Wegener discovered 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 fashionable conception of plate tectonics and one of many key clinical options 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, monetary melancholy, clinical isolation, ailment, and harm. He eventually died of overexertion on a trip to probe the Greenland icecap and calculate its fee of float.
This landmark biography—the merely whole account of the scientist’s attention-grabbing existence and work—is the end result 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 means of interpreting his released medical paintings, delving into all of his surviving letters and journals, and tracing either his passionate dedication to technology and his exciting reviews as a polar explorer, an army officer in the course of international warfare I, and a world-record–setting balloonist.
In the process penning this ebook, 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 files in Copenhagen, Munich, Marburg, Graz, and Bremerhaven, the place the vast majority of Wegener’s surviving papers are came upon.
Written with nice immediacy and descriptive energy, Alfred Wegener is a strong portrait of the scientist who pioneered the trendy proposal of unified Earth technological know-how. The publication may be of curiosity not just to earth scientists, scholars of polar shuttle and exploration, and historians yet to all readers who're fascinated with the good minds of science.
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