Publisher description for The rejection of continental drift : theory and method in American earth science / Naomi Oreskes.

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In the early 20th century, American earth scientists vociferously opposed the new--and highly radical--notion of continental drift. Yet 50 years later the same idea was heralded as a major scientific breakthrough, and today continental drift is accepted as a scientific fact. This insightful book, based on archival sources, looks at why American geologists initially rejected the idea so adamantly while their counterparts in Europe were relatively receptive.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Continental drift.
Geology -- United States -- History -- 20th century.