An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure / Edition 1

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Designed for advanced undergraduate and first year graduate seismology courses, Seismology integrates techniques and data from physics, instrument design, mathematics and geology to provide a "big picture" of this difficult topic. Multidisciplinary examples throughout the text - catering to students in varied disciplines (geology, mineralogy, petrology, physics, etc.). Most up to date book on the market - includes recent seismic events such as the 1999 Earthquakes in Turkey, Greece, & Taiwan). Chapter outlines - each chapter begins with an outline and a list of learning objectives to help students focus and study. Essential math review - an entire section reviews the essential math needed to understand seismology. This can be covered in class or left to students to review as needed. End of chapter problem sets - homework problems that cover the material presented in the chapter. Solutions to all odd numbered problem sets are listed in the back so that students can track their progress. Extensive References - classic references and more current references are listed at the end of each chapter.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This outstanding book is without equal, and it will endure for many years as an indispensable reference for earth scientists and engineers as well as a great resource for students." (Choice, April 2003)

"An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure belongs on the shelf of every seismologist...a fantastic resource for interesting examples, challenging problems, added coverage for selected topics, and as a general reference resource. This book is destined to become a classic."
—Clifford Thurber, University of Wisconsin, Madison, EOS Transactions, June 2003

"All in all, it is an indispensable reference for serious students of solid-Earth geophysics."
—Heidi Houston, UCLA, Physics Today, October 2003

"...the authors' methodical approach and transition through the subject make it a suitable text with which to build on undergraduate studies...If you have found seismology and earth structure an interesting aspect of your earth science studies this book is a valuable next step, supporting the authors' contention that seismology should be part of the education of every solid earth scientist." (The Open University Geological Society Journal, May 2004)

"There is no doubt that the publication is a valuable learning tool for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students and a useful reference book not only for seismologists but also for solid earth scientists in general." (The (Newsletter of the EGU), September 2004)

"This is an extremely well-written, innovative and well-received overview-cum-textbook for use by first-year graduate students. The approach is more modern and useful than other available seismology textbooks." (Natural Hazards, April 2005)

"In spite of the fact that the book has been written as a textbook, it also makes a good addition to any geophysicist's bookshelf as a 'quick reference' as the clear writing makes it easy to absorb information quickly when reading out of sequence." (Surveys in Geophysics)

From The Critics
A textbook for advanced undergraduate and first-year graduate students familiar with ordinary differential equations and introductory physics; some background in basic earth science would be helpful but not necessary. The movement of the earth is taken as an opportunity to explain the physics of a continuous medium and wave propagation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865420786
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,240,914
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Seth Stein is Professor of Geological Sciences at Northwestern University. He has received the James B Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union, been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of America, and named to the Institute for Scientific Information Highly Cited Researchers list. He served as Scientific Director of the University Navstar Consortium and on the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology's Executive Committee, and started Northwestern's Environmental Science program.

Michael Wysession is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University. He is the recipient of the Packard Foundation and NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowships for his research into the structure of the Earth's deep interior.

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Table of Contents



1 Introduction.

2 Basic Seismological Theory.

3 Seismology and Earth Structure.

4 Earthquakes.

5 Seismology and Plate Tectonics.

6 Seismograms as Signals.

7 Inverse Problems.

Appendix: Mathematical and Computational Background.


Solutions to selected odd-numbered problems.


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