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The Earth Inside and Out: Some Major Contributions to Geology in the 20th Century

Product Code: SP192
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by David R. Oldroyd, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Publication Date: 15 March 2002
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The book offers a conspectus of important developments in the earth sciences in the twentieth century. The introductory essay considers features of twentieth-century geoscience as a whole (and science more generally), including general trends within geology and its associated disciplines; and it reviews secondary literature on twentieth-century geology. The contributed essays span detailed discussions of particular issues, such as the application of the phase rule to metamorphic petrology; surveys of fields such as sedimentology and palynology; delineation of broad fields such as ‘planetary geology’, mathematical geology, and metamorphic geology; discussions of individual scientists’ contributions (Norman Bowen, Arthur Holmes, Victor Goldschmidt, and Marie Tharp); an oral history account of the emergence of terrane theory; discussions of trends or problems within fields such as geomagnetism and stratigraphy; the social context of geology as regards palaeontological collecting and some of the Russian responses to the advent of plate-tectonic theory.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-096-7
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-096-6
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 368
Weight: 1.00 kg


Introduction: writing about twentieth century geology, D R Oldroyd

Geology: from an earth to a planetary science in the twentieth century, U Marvin

From graphical display to dynamic model: mathematical geology in the earth sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, R J Howarth

Norman Levi Bowen (1887-1956) and igneous rock diversity, D A Young

Metamorphism today: new science, old problems, J L R Touret & T G Nijand

Metamorphism and thermodynamics: the formative years, B Fritscher

Arthur Holmes' unifying theory: from radioactivity to continental drift, C L E Lewis

Russian geology and the plate-tectonics revolution, A G Ryabukhin & V E Khain

Plates tectonics, terranes and continental geology, H E Le Grand

Marie Tharp, oceanographic cartographer, and her contributions to the revolution in the earth sciences, C Barton

From terrestrial magnetism to geomagnetism: disciplinary transformation in the twentieth century, G A Good

Sedimentology: from single grains to recent and past environments - some trends in sedimentology in the twentieth century, E Seibold & I Seibold

'As chimney-sweepers, come to dust': a history of palynology to 1970, W A S Sarjeant

Collecting, conservation, and conservatism: late twentieth-century developments in the culture of British geology, S J Knell


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