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received their Nobel Prize for unravelling the structure of DNA, two other
Cambridge scientists were preparing for a second revolution. A PhD student
called Fred Vine and his supervisor, Dr Drummond Matthews, had found the
crucial evidence that the Earth’s surface is not fixed and immutable, but is
created more or less continuously at ridges in the middle of the ocean.
The publication of their paper in Nature, 53 years ago, under the slightly
arcane title “Magnetic Anomalies over Ocean Ridges”, is widely held as
marking the arrival of plate tectonics – the grand unifying theory that
underpins all of modern geology. This subject of plate tectonics had
become a foundation stone of Rex Beddis's SENSE of PLACE series of
children's books for the OUP, by the time we began to work together
on behalf of Oxford University Press.
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