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Offers a concise and accessible introduction to seismic theory, with a focus on the mathematical fundamentals of global seismology.
This third edition provides a concise yet approachable introduction to seismic theory, designed as a first course for graduate students or advanced undergraduate students. It clearly explains the fundamental concepts, emphasizing intuitive understanding over lengthy derivations, and outlines the different types of seismic waves and how they can be used to resolve Earth structure and understand earthquakes. New material and updates have been added throughout, including ambient noise methods, shear-wave splitting, back-projection, migration and velocity analysis in reflection seismology, earthquake rupture directivity, and fault weakening mechanisms. A wealth of both reworked and new examples, review questions and computer-based exercises in MATLAB®/Python give students the opportunity to apply the techniques they have learned to compute results of interest and to illustrate Earth's seismic properties. More advanced sections, which are not needed to understand the other material, are flagged so that instructors or students pressed for time can skip them.
Shearer, Peter M. Peter M. Shearer is Professor of Geophysics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He has written over 200 scientific papers on various aspects of seismology, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and is currently President of the Seismological Society of America. He has taught the introductory seismology class at Scripps for over twenty-five years.
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A concise and accessible introduction to seismic theory, focusing on the mathematical fundamentals of global seismology. Aimed at advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this new edition has been updated to include recent advances in the field as well as new examples, review questions and computer-based exercises in MATLAB (R)/Python.