The art and science dating game
Recommended to anybody with an interest in geology or the history of the world [as an entity].
Cherry Lewis is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol with an academic background in geology and geochemistry.
Arthur Holmes fought to convince The Establishment of an Earth of great antiquity: a fight which eventually transformed the moribund 'art' of geology into a dynamic science.
A biography of Arthur Holmes, a British geologist who pioneered the use of radioactive decay techniques to age rocks & also an early supporter of continental drift shortly after Wegener proposed the hypothesis.
A fascinating book which poses, and tries to answer, a lot of questions about the thoughts, ideas and processes involved in a highly technical field.
It creates incentives for players who wouldn’t interact with that level of the narrative to do so, and gives them a bit more to fiddle with. Create avenues for people to tell their own stories. X-Com now has relationship mechanics, which is awesome.Holmes' role in finding the mechanism behind continental drift on the other hand is treated too briefly to satisfy the reader.The book is well written (although the lament that science proceeds with very small steps occurs too frequently - I think most readers get that after one mention if they had not alteady understood that by themselves), the sometimes technical issues concerning uranium dating are explained with much clarity, but after reading this book I now want to read both a full biography of Arthur Holmes (which does not exist) and a complete history of the dating issue (which also doesn't exist).He also wrote an influential textbook th A biography of Arthur Holmes, a British geologist who pioneered the use of radioactive decay techniques to age rocks & also an early supporter of continental drift shortly after Wegener proposed the hypothesis.He also wrote an influential textbook the first edition of which in the 1940s was one of the first to mention the continental drift hypothesis to beginning students. While the book is very interesting, it left me vaguely dissatisfied, perhaps because it's neither a biography nor a history of geological dating but wants to be both.