By Henry R. Frankel
Answer of the sixty yr debate over continental glide, culminating within the triumph of plate tectonics, replaced the very textile of Earth technological know-how. This four-volume treatise at the continental waft controversy is the 1st whole background of the beginning, debate and slow reputation of this progressive concept. in accordance with huge interviews, archival papers and unique works, Frankel weaves jointly the lives and paintings of the scientists concerned, generating an obtainable narrative for scientists and non-scientists alike. this primary quantity covers the interval within the early 1900s while Wegener first mentioned that the Earth's significant landmasses might be geared up jointly like a jigsaw and went directly to suggest that the continents had as soon as been joined jointly in one landmass, which he named Pangaea. It describes the reception of Wegener's conception because it splintered into sub-controversies and geoscientists grew to become divided among the 'fixists' and 'mobilists'.