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3.0 out of 5 stars A book caught in two minds., 4 Mar 2004
This review is from: The Dating Game: One Man's Search for the Age of the Earth (Hardcover)
Arthur Holmes is a colossus of Earth Science, and geochronology in particular. His faith in his own ability and results brought forward the development of U-Pb dating and acceptance of one Geology's most powerful techniques. His determination to succeed ensured that Earth Science Departments with which he was associated, most notably Durham, became world class.
His story is an important one, and deserved to be told. However, the finished article leaves me wanting. The story of Arthur Holmes without science is not much, and I wonder if the author may have been better served by exploring the hard-facts of his science further. With its inclusion, the lay reader would more fully appreciate the magnitude of Holmes' contribution.
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