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Fieldwork :a geologist's memoir of the Kalahari

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Christopher Scholz, an internationally recognized expert in the geological fields of seismology and tectonics, here offers a captivating memoir of a three-month-long field expedition to northern Botswana. Fieldwork tracks the adventures of a group of American scientists trying to gather critical data in some of the wildest and most inhospitable parts of Africa. Scholz effectively captures the unique challenges and obstacles faced in this kind of scientific endeavor, including mysterious encounters with a primitive bushman tribe and unavoidable dealings with belligerent local officials and even near-fatal stampedes by rampaging elephants. It is through this absorbing tale that Scholz offers a paean to the long and unique traditions of geological fieldwork, and provides readers with an inside view of the trials and joys of scientific fieldwork.

The goal of the Scholz expedition was to determine, by recording tiny natural earthquakes, if a previously unknown arm of the East African Rift system had propagated into the Kalahari Desert from the north. Fieldwork tracks the quest of the scientist for a solution to a specific geological problem from the motivations of the scientist, to the initial formulation of the problem, through to the data collection, and finally, the assembly of the critical evidence.

Originally published in 1998.

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Synopsis:

"Fieldwork is delightful. Like Bill Menard's The Ocean of Truth, this book gives an account of how earth science works. However, it also has a story to tell. Often the logistical problems behind a scientific expedition are as captivating as the science itself. Christopher Scholz's primary objective is to spell out the logistical planning and execution that is required to make a scientific discovery."--Terry Engelder, Pennsylvania State University

"In Fieldwork, we learn about aspects of science and about the motivation of a scientist as well as about the problems facing a country emerging from a colonial past. The book makes a bridge between various kinds of human endeavors. It's very well-written, very readable, and hard to put down."--Alfred G. Fischer, University of Southern California

About the Author

Christopher Scholz is Professor of Geological Sciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He is the author of The Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting, and many technical articles that have appeared in leading science journals, including Science and Nature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691012261
Subtitle:
A Geologist's Memoir of the Kalahari
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Scholz, Christopher
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Kalahari desert
Subject:
Okavango River Delta Region (Botswana)
Subject:
Okavango River Delta Region (Botswana) Description and travel.
Subject:
Okavango River Delta Region
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Geological Science
Subject:
History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science
Series Volume:
no. 2
Publication Date:
19970601
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Science and Mathematics » Geology » General
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Product details 192 pages Princeton University Press,c1997. - English 9780691012261 Reviews:
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"Fieldwork is delightful. Like Bill Menard's The Ocean of Truth, this book gives an account of how earth science works. However, it also has a story to tell. Often the logistical problems behind a scientific expedition are as captivating as the science itself. Christopher Scholz's primary objective is to spell out the logistical planning and execution that is required to make a scientific discovery."--Terry Engelder, Pennsylvania State University

"In Fieldwork, we learn about aspects of science and about the motivation of a scientist as well as about the problems facing a country emerging from a colonial past. The book makes a bridge between various kinds of human endeavors. It's very well-written, very readable, and hard to put down."--Alfred G. Fischer, University of Southern California

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