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Continental Drift: Colliding Continents, Converging Cultures

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Continental Drift: Colliding Continents, Converging Cultures is as much an account of the impressions Western culture made on Constantin Roman as a young researcher from behind the Iron Curtain as a personal history of the developing new science of plate tectonics. The book elucidates the author's struggles against a web of bureaucracy to secure his rights in the free world while exploring historical events. A refined observer of the contrast of cultures between East and West, Roman's personal story relates his encounters with eminent scientists, artists, and embassy officials.

Constantin Roman defied communist restrictions by coming to England in 1968 on a NATO travel grant. After being encouraged by Keith Runcorn at the University of Newcastle to stay in Britain for a higher degree, he received a Ph.D. scholarship at the University of Cambridge. This is where he studied under Sir Edward Bullard when plate tectonics was in its infancy, when the concepts of continental drift and sea floor spreading were galvanizing geology.

As a continental student adrift on English shores, Roman soon staked his claim on the plate tectonics map with his work on the deep earthquakes of the Carpathians. But the stakes became higher with a race against the clock to be the first to publish a plate tectonics solution to the Himalayan earthquakes.

Continental Drift delves into all of this and more. It will delight earth scientists, physicists, and general readers as well as historians of science, who will find a wealth of personal recollections of key figures in the continental drift story.

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Geophysicist Roman recounts his Rumanian roots and the period spend in Newcastle and Paris in 1968-69, but mostly focuses on his time at Cambridge between 1969 and 1973, when the theory of plate tectonics was just being born and nurtured. His account is personal rather than scientific, and portrays the climate rather than the facts of the milieu.
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Continental Drift: Colliding Continents, Converging Cultures is as much an account of the impressions Western culture made on Constantin Roman as a young researcher from behind the Iron Curtain as a personal history of the developing new science of plate tectonics. The book elucidates the author's struggles against a web of bureaucracy to secure his rights in the free world while exploring historical events. A refined observer of the contrast of cultures between East and West, Roman's personal story relates his encounters with eminent scientists, artists, and embassy officials.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780750306867
Author:
Roman, Constantin
Publisher:
Institute of Physics Publishing
Author:
Roman, C.
Author:
Roman, Roman
Location:
Bristol
Subject:
Plate tectonics
Subject:
Romania
Subject:
Geophysicists
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
General
Subject:
Roman, Constantin
Subject:
Geology-General
Series Volume:
95-01
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
211
Dimensions:
9.30x6.30x.70 in. 1.15 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Continental Drift: Colliding Continents, Converging Cultures is as much an account of the impressions Western culture made on Constantin Roman as a young researcher from behind the Iron Curtain as a personal history of the developing new science of plate tectonics. The book elucidates the author's struggles against a web of bureaucracy to secure his rights in the free world while exploring historical events. A refined observer of the contrast of cultures between East and West, Roman's personal story relates his encounters with eminent scientists, artists, and embassy officials.
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