Exploration: The Globe and Beyond
The origin of modern science is often traced to the upheaval that astronomy and physics experienced between the times of Copernicus and Newton. Against this traditional view, Professor Alvarez argues that modern science began at least a century before Copernicus, with the Portuguese voyages of exploration in Atlantic Africa. The Portuguese not only understood and used fundamental principles of modern science, but also made fundamental geological and geographical discoveries, particularly concerning atmospheric circulation and the Earth's magnetic field. The Portuguese voyages, later joined by the Spanish, bear a remarkable resemblance to the plate tectonic revolution in geology.
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