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By Mott T. Greene

ISBN-10: 142141712X

ISBN-13: 9781421417127

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ISBN-13: 9781421427096

Alfred Wegener aimed to create a revolution in technology which might rank with these of Nicolaus Copernicus and Charles Darwin. After finishing his doctoral experiences in astronomy on the college of Berlin, Wegener came across 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 idea of continental drift—the direct ancestor of the fashionable conception of plate tectonics and one of many key medical thoughts 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, battle, monetary melancholy, clinical isolation, ailment, and damage. He finally died of overexertion on a trip to probe the Greenland icecap and calculate its expense of go with the flow.

This landmark biography—the purely whole account of the scientist’s interesting existence and work—is the end result of greater than two decades of extensive learn. In Alfred Wegener, Mott T. Greene areas Wegener’s upbringing and theoretical advances in earth technological know-how within the context of his brilliantly eclectic occupation, bringing Wegener to existence via studying 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 stories as a polar explorer, an army officer in the course of international conflict I, and a world-record–setting balloonist.

In the process penning 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 nearly all of Wegener’s surviving papers are came across.

Written with nice immediacy and descriptive energy, Alfred Wegener is a robust portrait of the scientist who pioneered the trendy idea of unified Earth technology. The booklet could be of curiosity not just to earth scientists, scholars of polar go back and forth and exploration, and historians yet to all readers who're excited about the nice minds of science.

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