A glimpse of Darwin's First Theory


Darwin's First Theory coverNCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Rob Wesson's Darwin's First Theory: Exploring Darwin's Quest for a Theory of Earth (Pegasus Books, 2017). The preview consists of chapter 14, "From Natural Selection to Plate Tectonics," which offers a personal and historical exploration of the connections between Darwin's travel and science and the development of modern plate tectonics.

Rob Wesson is a Scientist Emeritus at the United States Geological Survey. Robert H. Dott Jr. (a member of NCSE's Advisory Council) describes Darwin's First Theory as  "[a] lively, readable account of field experiences while chasing the records in southern Chile of several of Earth's most severe earthquakes.  A very welcome addition to the history of the geosciences."