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  • Paperback: 710 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (April 16, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387963871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387963877
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The author has done a masterful job in presenting the theory with the necessary mathematical foundation, while keeping the physical aspects in clear view ... it is an outstanding introduction to a complex and important subject." (GEOPHYSICS)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By daniel flath on June 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
All the math in the world would be useless in any applied subject without physical intuition about the phenomena and a clear passage between the intuition and the math. Pedlosky's book has it all - intuition and math. I have loved studying it as my first step in the direction of geophysics from a career in pure mathematics. The book is clear, easy to read, interesting, fascinating. Thank you Pedlosky for a magnificent textbook.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1996
Format: Paperback
Boy, I wish this book had been out when I was in grad school!
(Physical oceanography). This is an essential work for the
shelf of anyone interested in dynamic meteorology or oceanography.
Well organized, thorough, and easy to follow (at least for the
intended audience.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sinan ozeren on March 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Pedlosky's GFD book is a true classic. Its treatment of the core issues is precise and there is an excellent balance between the mathematical derivations and the discussions on the physical processes. One needs to have some background in classical fluid dynamics and applied mathematics (especially integral transformations, Fourier analysis, complex variables and PDE's) to truely appreciate the book but it can be potentially helpful to anyone who is interested in rotating stratified fluids and is eager to learn.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rlowrance on March 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This review has to do with the Kindle Edition of this book only! The other editions are probably fine.

A text such as this is full of equations. This is good, because the object in reading the text is generally to learn how to calculate certain quantities. However, if you are learning the subject still, the equations must be readable.

I purchased the Kindle version of this book, because it could be delivered immediately. However, upon receipt, I find that many of the equations are not readable.

Equation 3.3.1 has three partial derivatives in it. None of the division bars are visible! The curly d's that are used to indicate partial-differentiation are missing parts of their loops, making them look a bit like backwards 5s. This I could live with, but it gets worse.

Equation 3.6.7 has pieces that are moved with respect to where they should be, making it very hard to read.

Equation 3.9.8b has an integral sign that has been misplaced into a position such that it looks like it is part of an exponent, which it is not.

Equation 3.9.16, the third equation has the division bars moved above the equation.

Equation 3.9.21 has variables that cannot be distinguished.

There are more, but that should suffice. I have focused on Chapter 3, because it contains the information for which I purchased the book in the first place. Scanning through the rest, it appears to be more of the same.

This ebook appears to have been constructed by scanning the printed text and adding a few links. However, the scan was of very poor quality. Even the body of the text exhibits missing pieces of letters. The purpose of this kind of book is to teach, but that purpose has been overthrown by the slipshod manner in which it was executed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denise Velhote on November 8, 2000
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If you trully want to understand geophysical fluid dynamics (ocean/atmosphere) you can not avoid this great book. I strongly suggest it, specially if you are a graduate student going through a GFD course. Years from now you will still go back to Pedlosky to clarify your doubts.
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