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Continental Drift: Colliding Continents, Converging Cultures Hardcover – 1 Jan 2000


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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (1 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750306866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750306867
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,995,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By t.g.gallagher@bradford.ac.uk on 17 Jun 2000
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Constantin Roman is Romanian Honorary consul in the English university town of Cambridge where he was awarded a PhD for pioneering work in the field of geophysics in 1974. For over twenty years, he has been an independent consultant in oil exploration and his reputation as a successful oil finder has enabled him to settle down comfortably in a pleasant corner of England after many vicissitudes.
Dr Roman's memoirs were published in 2000 by an Anglo-American scientific publisher. The title, Continental Drift suggests that plate tectonics, his field of expertise, dominates the book. In fact while frequent attention is given to his scientific ideas, how they were applied, and the collaboration with eminent scientists which resulted, the fascination of this book is to be found in its account of how the human spirit managed to triumph over considerable odds.
Roman is a determined and ingenious Romanian with a gift for striking up friendships with the eminent and the humble and also a genius for improvisation which has extricated him from tight corners. Such survival skills, when not leavened by strong moral qualities, have produced a rather sinuous Romanian, immortalised by the playwright Caragiale, and much seen in the politics of the country for the past seventy years. Roman's ability to triumph against the odds and make a new life for himself in a land very different from the one he left, while retaining a strong moral formation and a desire never to lose touch with Romania, is a gripping and inspiring tale. Roman describes 'the DNA signature' provided by his ancestors who regularly found themselves on the wrong side of authority for religious and later political reasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec 1999
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"Continental Drift" is a book about universal values, which transcend national frontiers, or the confines of Science and the Arts. Its author is part of that defiant species of uprooted who have chosen the sadly exacting role of exile, rather than the tortured compromise of survival in a totalitarian regime. Yet, in spite of or perhaps because of it, Constantin Roman had never forgotten his beginnings. This sets him apart, as an eminent ambassador of his native Romania and, at the same time, as a refined observer of his adoptive country, of which we find ample proof in the pages of his narrative. After the fall of Ceausescu, these qualities were rewarded in Romania, where he was made a Professor Honoris Causa and Personal Adviser to the President of Romania. This overdue acknowledgement was apparent from the outset to a host of distinguished British 'worthies', who knew Constantin since his student days in Cambridge and who championed the Roman cause celebre as a just and excellent one. Most prominent amongst them was Lord Goodman, Master of New College Oxford. Arnold Goodman was impressed with Constantin as a young man of "impeccable character and absolute obduracy, reflecting an attitude of mind which has clearly developed from strong moral factors". More to the point, Lord Goodman was persuaded that Constantin was "clearly determined to belong here and make a significant contribution to our national life". On reading "Continental Drift" I can say, without fear of contradiction, not only that Constantin has discharged himself brilliantly of these expectations but that he had the merit of bringing to Plate Tectonics new models and concepts (in the Carpathians and Central Asia) which are still valid today.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec 1999
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Apart from an introductory chapter about his Romanian roots ("The DNA signature") and the period spent in Newcastle and Paris, in 1968-1969, this is a book of recollections of the author's time at Cambridge, between 1969 and 1973, where he was Research Scholar at Peterhouse. He was lucky to work on Plate Tectonics, when this subject was in its infancy, as his Supervisor and Mentor, Sir Edward Bullard led him to follow a path, where each researcher was conspicuous and his scientific inroads significant. Now this same road is rather well trodden by a mass of individuals vying for prominence. As a pupil of Bullard, Roman's name falls within a direct line of distinguished scientists of the Cambridge School of Physics, through Thompson, Rutherford and Cavendish, all the way to Sir Isaac Newton. At Cambridge, this Romanian student was busy finding a solution to the occurrence of seismicity in the Carpathians and the central Asia, which eventually led to a new definition of lithospheric plates. This new tectonic solution to the Continental crust of Eurasia represented an early step in the development of Plate Tectonics theory. On turning the pages of this story, the reader will gradually uncover the tensile forces beneath the real world of great scientists, with their frailties and their petty skirmishes, all leading to a climax which could not have been anticipated. This forms the backdrop to "The rat race" chapter, a closely run contest, punctuated by youthful exuberance. The enthusiasm paid off, as before the race was over, Constantin Roman lived through the beguiling excitement of beating a group of researchers, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to the answer to one of the great enigmas of Earth Sciences - the seismicity of Central Asia.Read more ›
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