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The Road to Jaramillo: Critical Years of the Revolution in Earth Science Hardcover – Jun 1 1982


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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (June 1 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804711194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804711197
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 776 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,306,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a student of geology, this is an excellent book, but for the average reader it is entirely too technical and detailed. Even as a chemical engineer who frequently reads scientific journals, this reader found the book to be a struggle. Still, it provides superb insight into the real world of scientific discovery, showing how personal interactions, circumstance, and serendipity play critical roles. It was well worth reading in its entirety. The author has obviously gone to great lengths to produce a thorough account of how reversals in the earth's magnetic field, dated by radioactive decay, came to be understood and used to prove seafloor spreading and continental drift.
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Essential reading for anyone interested in the plate tectonics revolution of the 1950's and 1960's. The first part of the book describes the K-Ar dating techniques, and is a bit slow, but the pace picks up with the section on the discovery of magnetic field reversals and the dating scale derived from those. Particularly recommended for undergraduate-level geology and physics students.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A magnificent account, but difficult to read Nov. 14 2000
By Roy F. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For a student of geology, this is an excellent book, but for the average reader it is entirely too technical and detailed. Even as a chemical engineer who frequently reads scientific journals, this reader found the book to be a struggle. Still, it provides superb insight into the real world of scientific discovery, showing how personal interactions, circumstance, and serendipity play critical roles. It was well worth reading in its entirety. The author has obviously gone to great lengths to produce a thorough account of how reversals in the earth's magnetic field, dated by radioactive decay, came to be understood and used to prove seafloor spreading and continental drift.
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I really enjoyed it! Dec 9 2005
By A. Souren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I wrote an enthusiastic review for this book years ago, right here on Amazon, and later deleted it. I wish I hadn't! I read The Road to Jaramillo in the early 1980s, when I either was about to become or had just become a geology student. I remember it as a tough but very exciting read. I didn't have a scientific background at the time, had worked in tourism for five years at that point.

I think you can easily skip the technical bits and focus on the excitement of the discoveries. There was something fairytale-like to it. What I also seem to remember about the book is that it radiated an atmosphere of cooperation. That is always lovely to see. Enjoyable. Science is often extremely competitive, and it can hamper progress when it makes scientists focus on the wrong things.


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