As Plate Tectonics matured, a number of workers began to consider philosophical implications of the science. Allan Cox (1973), in particular, found Thomas Kuhn’s “Structure of Scientific Revolutions”; published in the same year as Harry Hess’s “History of ocean basins — an essay in geopoetry”, to be directly applicable to the experience of earth scientists in the 1960s. In a sense, Kuhn’s paradigm hypothesis found a kind of confirmation in this new theory of the Earth. Sometimes earth scientists experience an inferiority complex in relation to the more “basic” sciences — physics and chemistry. Now, geology and geophysics had a revolution of their own to parallel Copernican heliocentricity, Newtonian physics, Darwinian natural selection, Einsteinian relativity, quantum mechanics, and the double helix.
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