Ludicrous or Prophetic?
"Can geology still call itself a science, when it is possible for such a theory as this to run wild?"
– Rollin T. Chamberlain, University of Chicago, 1928
Wegener's theory was widely ridiculed particularly in the U.S. The chief criticism was that he failed to adequately explain what forces caused continents to drift.
"I believe that the final resolution of the problem can come only from geophysics, since only that branch of science provides sufficiently precise methods."
– Alfred Wegener, 1927
When geophysicists began probing the ocean floor several decades later, Wegener’s ideas were shown to be basically correct.