It is a rare conjunction of the celestial spheres when a very significant scientific autobiographical memoir appears that is also thoroughly delightful reading laced with quiet humor. Jack Oliver was one of the first Columbia University geophysicists gathered by Maurice Ewing to begin what would become a worldwide study of the oceanic floor. Ewing and his students built an enormous set of data and interpretations from the late 1940's to the late 1960's that largely resulted in the “plate tectonic revolution.” Jack Oliver's book of memoirs was originally published privately as a spiral-bound book prepared at the urging of the...

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