So You Want to Be a Geologist

Authored by: Gary L. Prost , Benjamin P. Prost

The Geology Companion

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498756082
eBook ISBN: 9781315152929
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315152929-18

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Abstract

No Geologist worth anything is permanently bound to a desk or laboratory, but the charming notion that true science can only be based on unbiased observation of nature in the raw is mythology. Creative work, in geology and anywhere else, is interaction and synthesis: half-baked ideas from a bar room, rocks in the field, chains of thought from lonely walks, numbers squeezed from rocks in a laboratory, numbers from a calculator riveted to a desk, fancy equipment usually malfunctioning on expensive ships, cheap equipment in the human cranium, arguments before a road cut.

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