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The Rejection of Continental Drift: Theory and Method in American Earth Science

Naomi Oreskes


In the early twentieth century, American earth scientists were united in their opposition to the new--and highly radical--notion of continental drift, even going so far as to label the theory "unscientific." Some fifty years later, however, continental drift was heralded as a major scientific breakthrough and today it is accepted as scientific fact. Why did American geologists reject so adamantly an idea that is now considered a cornerstone of the discipline? And why were their European colleagues receptive to it so much earlier? This book, based on extensive archival research on three contine ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195117325
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195117325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Oreskes, author