By Mott T. Greene
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 discovered 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 concept of plate tectonics and one of many key medical suggestions of the previous 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 hassle, 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 glide.
This landmark biography—the purely entire 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 technology within the context of his brilliantly eclectic occupation, bringing Wegener to existence by means of reading his released medical paintings, delving into all of his surviving letters and journals, and tracing either his passionate dedication to technology and his exciting studies as a polar explorer, an army officer in the course of international warfare I, and a world-record–setting balloonist.
In the process scripting this e-book, 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 data in Copenhagen, Munich, Marburg, Graz, and Bremerhaven, the place nearly all of Wegener’s surviving papers are chanced on.
Written with nice immediacy and descriptive energy, Alfred Wegener is a strong portrait of the scientist who pioneered the trendy suggestion of unified Earth technological know-how. The ebook might be of curiosity not just to earth scientists, scholars of polar shuttle and exploration, and historians yet to all readers who're eager about the good minds of science.
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