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Furnace of creation, cradle of destruction : a journey to the birthplace… (edição 2008)

por Roy Chester, Ph.D.

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Choice Outstanding Academic Titles of 2009 Earth Science category Over the past few years, devastating tsunamis off the coast of the Indian Ocean have killed hundreds of thousands of people. Even more alarmingly, scientists predict that these tsunamis, as well as a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, may eventually threaten Hawaii, California, and Oregon. The cause of this trinity of natural disasters is plate tectonics. Perhaps the greatest advance made in the field of earth science, the plate-tectonics theory argues that the surface of the Earth is broken into large plates, which change in size and position over time. The edges of these plates rub against each other, causing earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis that continue to inflict such intense destruction to the surface our planet. In Furnace of Creation, Cradle of Destruction, renowned scientist Roy Chester reveals the fascinating history of this discovery and tells the enigmatic story of one of the great mysteries of our time: how the surface of our planet was created and how it has evolved. From the early discoveries of Sir Francis Bacon to the beginnings of geology and the controversy surrounding the theory of continental drift, this impeccably researched book reveals the evolution of a vital scientific theory. Lucid and compelling, this book offers a long-awaited explanation of the underlying forces that shape our world.… (mais)
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Título:Furnace of creation, cradle of destruction : a journey to the birthplace of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis
Autores:Roy Chester, Ph.D.
Informação:New York : AMACOM, c2008.
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Etiquetas:earthquakes tsunamis, volcanoes, geology, geologic history

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Full of fascinating information about its topic; unfortunately it was too dry and technical to read. Apparently Chester couldn't shake his professorial academic background -- this book would make an excellent textbook for a geology course, but it fails miserably as a popular book. Chester presumes a great deal of prior knowledge on the part of the reader; there were too many places in the book where I was interested in the information, but didn't know enough geology to make sense of it -- as I read it I thought over and over, "I wish I had a professor to ask about this, or to give a lecture on it, so I could understand it."

I was surprised to see that it was published by AMACOM. AMACOM is the publishing division of the American Management Association, and solicits books only on business topics. Science is not in their normal purview. Perhaps Chester knew someone there? In any case, he apparently wasn't able to get it published by any general or scientific publishing house, and I'm not surprised. I gave it two stars only because I did glean some information from it, albeit disconnected and contextless. ( )
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Choice Outstanding Academic Titles of 2009 Earth Science category Over the past few years, devastating tsunamis off the coast of the Indian Ocean have killed hundreds of thousands of people. Even more alarmingly, scientists predict that these tsunamis, as well as a series of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, may eventually threaten Hawaii, California, and Oregon. The cause of this trinity of natural disasters is plate tectonics. Perhaps the greatest advance made in the field of earth science, the plate-tectonics theory argues that the surface of the Earth is broken into large plates, which change in size and position over time. The edges of these plates rub against each other, causing earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis that continue to inflict such intense destruction to the surface our planet. In Furnace of Creation, Cradle of Destruction, renowned scientist Roy Chester reveals the fascinating history of this discovery and tells the enigmatic story of one of the great mysteries of our time: how the surface of our planet was created and how it has evolved. From the early discoveries of Sir Francis Bacon to the beginnings of geology and the controversy surrounding the theory of continental drift, this impeccably researched book reveals the evolution of a vital scientific theory. Lucid and compelling, this book offers a long-awaited explanation of the underlying forces that shape our world.

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