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Introduction to Seismology [Paperback]

Peter Shearer
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September 28, 1999 0521669537 978-0521669535 0
This book provides an approachable and concise introduction to seismology theory. It clearly explains the fundamental concepts, emphasizing intuitive understanding over lengthy derivations. Topics include all that is needed for a comprehensive first course in seismology: stress/strain theory, seismic wave equation, ray theory, tomography, reflection seismology, surface waves, source theory, anisotropy and earthquake prediction. Detailed exercises follow each chapter, giving students the opportunity to apply the techniques they have learned to compute results of interest and to illustrate some of Earth's seismic properties. In several cases, computer subroutines are provided to assist with these exercises. Numerous illustrations accompany the text, including examples of seismograms and images of the global seismic wavefield. This textbook is ideal for any introductory course in seismology taught to upper-division undergraduates or first-year graduate students, and is especially suited for a one-semester class on seismology.

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"...a well-written textbook designed for a one-semester introductory course in seismology for beginning graduate students or advanced undergraduates. Shearer has a knack for clear explanations and for making otherwise difficult concepts easy to understand...I am currently using it for an introductory seismology course at the University of Colorado and, as an instructor, can highly recommend the book." EOS Transactions

"An attractive and readable way to understand how seismic methods can reveal the inner Earth and how reading the records may help to predict earthquakes." New Scientist

"The author's stated goal for this book is to produce a readable, concise introduction to the quantitative aspects of seismology that is designed specifically for a one semester or single quarter class on the subject. In this, he has succeeded admirably. The fundamental concepts are clearly explained, emphasizing intuitive understanding..." Applied Mechanics Reviews

"This is a well-balanced textbook, introducing physical concepts with a combination of clever derivations and imaginative computer exercises. It serves as an excellent introduction to modern seismology." Professor Don Helmberger, Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

"...a concise and practical survey text that does a fine job of covering the basics and is adaptable for both upper-level undergraduate and introductory graduate courses...written in simple and intelligible prose...will become a standard reference that will be a benefit to both the seismological and broader communities for many years to come." Seismological Research Letters

"As an introductory course textbook for upper-level undergraduate students (and perhaps some graduate students with no previous exposure to seismology), it may be the best textbook available now." Physics Today

"the best textbook available" Physics Today 2000

"I will now recommend Introduction to Seismology by Peter Shearer to my students as the main support textbook for this course." Pure appl. geophys., Vol 158 2001

Book Description

This book provides an approachable and concise introduction to seismology theory. It clearly explains the fundamental concepts, emphasizing intuitive understanding over lengthy derivations. Topics include: stress/strain theory, seismic wave equation, ray theory, tomography, reflection seismology, surface waves, source theory, anisotropy and earthquake prediction. Detailed exercises are provided, and in several cases are illustrated with computer subroutines. This textbook is ideal for any introductory course in seismology taught to upper-division undergraduates or first-year graduate students, and is especially suited for a one-semester class on seismology.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521669537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521669535
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,551,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, to the point August 26, 2005
By J. Fox
Format:Paperback
I really like this little book! The layout is great (no clutter) and easy to read. The font is adequate, the equations clear and the tone relaxed. While it isn't as in depth as most other books on this subject, it makes for a handy reference. It is a broad overview of the fundamentals of earthquake seismology. I find that it explains some of the more rigorous subject matter in an easier to understand way. If you're not understanding a subject very well in say, the book: "Quantitative Seismology", just refer to this little gem and wala...it's like a lightbulb coming on. I particularly like the section on source theory. It's like a breath of fresh air. I can't say enough about how accessible this book is. I recommend it highly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book December 2, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
By going through the textbook and doing selected exercises one can complete the equivalent of a quarter-long seismology class. Well written and accessible to a wide range of interest levels and mathematical abilities, this book is excellent for anyone with a desire to learn about seismology at a quantitative level.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book... February 12, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I took a quarter long course in seismology and this book fit the bill perfectly. Even though are class was not based solely on this book, I felt it added a great deal more to my enjoyment of the class. This is a great pre-graduate course book for an eye-opening look into seismology.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but lacking in depth July 2, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I just finished an intro to seismology course, and this was the textbook for it. It is easy to read and understand, covers most topics well, and is generally a good introductory textbook. It does, however, lack depth. Often I'd finish a chapter and still have a lot of questions on how, exactly, I could apply what I'd learned to a problem. I found this frustrating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seismologist's must have February 26, 2006
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This textbook is very good. The author emphasizes on the mathematical taste in the description of seismic and geologic features. If you look at things on a mathematical perspective, this is the on you must have in your "library".
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