Style of disagreement

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At his first G.S.A. meeting, a couple of years earlier in New York, about the only person he knew was Samuel H. Knight, his distinguished tutor from the University of Wyoming. Gradually, the faces and forms of strangers attached themselves to names long familiar to him on scientific papers and the spines of books. His personal pantheon came alive around him, and he was pleased to discover how easily approachable they were. When he tells of the experience-now that he is the Grand Old Man of Rocky Mountain Geology-he could be describing himself: “They put their pants on one leg at a time. They were very human individuals. They encouraged young people to speak out.” As they discussed one another’s papers, he relished their candor, their style of disagreement. A paleontologist named Asa Mathews got up and presented what he believed was the discovery that the world’s first bird had come into existence in Permian time-roughly a hundred million years earlier than zakelijke energie vergelijken Archaeopteryx, the incumbent first bird. Mathews detailed some remarkable trace fossils in Permian rock in Utah, which sequentially recorded, he said, a bird as it ran along the ground, its wingtips awkwardly scraping until, finally, it took off Walter Granger arose before the assembly to greet this unusual news. He said, “Professor Mathews has undoubtedly demonstrated that the first bird flew over that pait of Utah, but he has not demonstrated that it landed.” David Griggs, who was not much older than Love, gave a superb demonstration of some fresh ideas about mountain building. Afterward, Bailey Willis, whom Love describes as “one of the grandfathers of structural geology in the world,” anointed Griggs with praise. The great Andrew Lawson, who named the San Andreas Fault, was on his feet next, and zakelijke energie virtually conferred upon Griggs an honorary degree by saying, “For the first and only time in my life, I agree with Bailey Willis.” In another context, a young geologist challenged Walter Granger, saying, “Dr. Granger, are you sure you’re right?” Granger answered, without a flicker of hesitation, “Young man, I will consider myself a great success in life if I prove to be right fifty per cent of the time.”

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