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Building Scientific Knowledge: The Story of Plate Tectonics

Summary

The theory of plate tectonics took many decades to become accepted. The process by which it was finally accepted provides a fascinating glimpse into how scientists build new scientific consensus.

Dr. Oreskes explores past scientific models of the processes responsible for shaping the physical features of our planet and describes the current theory of plate tectonics. She brings her historical perspective to tell fascinating stories of how scientific ideas are born and how some eventually die. 

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