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|Quote (Hermagoras @ April 07 2008,05:53)|
|Quote (Dr.GH @ Feb. 28 2008,02:30)|
Baumgardner was mainly a code monkey. His work was not on plate tectonics. As I recall, he worked on seismic data related to nuclear tests.
He wrote a well-known but now largely outdated geophysical modeling program called TERRA. It was the first useful computer model for (IIRC) mantle convection and other large-scale dynamics. Recently he's been tweaking the program to support his idea of the Noachian flood. With advances in computer modeling generally and discovered weaknesses in the TERRA program, Baumgardner's program is no longer state-of-the-art even for computer models.
I wrote this some years ago;
|John Baumgardner converted to fundamentalism and became a young Earth creationist as an engineering student. Years later, he pursued a doctorate in geophysics which he received from UCLA in 1983. He describes that his motivation for graduate study was focused on Noah's flood, "Back in 1978 I felt strongly led to go back to graduate school and get professional credentials to work on the problem of what happened to the Earth in the flood." Unlike the majority of science students, Baumgardner's interest in a science career was not related to discovering true facts about nature. In his own words, "I would say my primary goal in my scientific career is a defense of God's Word, plain and simple." ( http://www.rae.org/believe.html accessed 12, April 2004).|
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