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Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History of the Modern Theory of the Earth

edited by Naomi Oreskes
Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2001. 448 pages.

In The Rejection of Continental Drift: Theory and Method in American Earth Science, Naomi Oreskes traced the reception of continental drift in American geology from its initial rejection to its eventual acceptance. Now, in Plate Tectonics, she compiled the definitive history of the theory, told by the very scientists who developed and assembled evidence for it. Sections include The Historical Background, The Early Work: From Paleomagnetism to Sea Floor Spreading, Heat Flow and Seismology, The Plate Models, From the Oceans to the Continents, and Continents Really Do Move. Oreskes is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego.