By Lawrence Block
Louis Pinell, the lately apprehended "Icepick Prowler," freely admits to having slain seven younger women 9 years in the past -- yet be swears it was once a copycat who killed Barbara Ettinger Matthew Scudder believes him. however the path to Ettinger's actual assassin is twisted, darkish and dangerous...and even chillier than the just about decade-old corpse the p.i. is set to avenge.
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It took the burst of enlightenment of the 1960s to lead us to that question. It may be too much to argue that we could have discovered plate tectonics in the 1950s on the basis of known global earthquake patterns, but it is not too much to affirm that the question of why those patterns had the appearance they did should have been asked. As another example, consider the key discovery of the principle of the transform fault, a topic already mentioned in an earlier guideline. Before the 1960s students were taught about a particular class of fault with a vertical fault plane and purely horizontal motion.
Well, there is an area of overlap, of course, but the two topics are not identical. In some ways they are distinctly different. The earth is a nice object to study. It is always there. It is well behaved. It faithfully and consistently responds to our efforts to obtain information about it. The earth is complicated and confounding, but it is not capricious. The science of geology, like all sciences, is less reliable. Sometimes it describes the reed earth, but then only in qualified terms. Mostly, geology is about an imaginary earth that exists only in the minds of scientists.
But it can be led by those who are daring and decisive. When the first indications of plate tectonics and its overwhelming importance to earth science began to appear in the form of the concept of sea floor spreading, a few scientists recognized the opportunity for further advance at the early stage and moved boldly to capitalize on it. , an idea for advancing the concept beyond its most preliminary stages. Tuzo Wilson, a Canadian geophysicist with a long-standing interest in problems of large-scale tectonics, hit upon such an idea when he found the concept now known as the transform Strategy for Discovery 37 fault.