An Introduction to the Theory of Seismology

An Introduction to the Theory of Seismology

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This radical revision of Professor Bullen's acclaimed and widely used text provides an introduction to modern seismological theory, with emphasis on both the physical models and the mathematical descriptions of earthquakes and their sources. The essential core of the earlier editions has been retained, particularly the tensor treatment of elasticity, seismic wave travel-time analysis and density in the Earth, although these parts of the text have been brought up to date and expanded. The new part of the book reflects on how the study of earthquakes, seismic waves and seismic risk has been broadened in the past two decades. Thus, this edition includes introductory theory of earthquake sources, seismic wave travel through complex geological zones and viscous and anisotropic media, vibrations of the whole Earth, strong-motion seismology and earthquake prediction and risk. There is an emphasis on statistical and numerical procedures and problems of resolution in inverse theory. Modern class exercises are to be found throughout. The book assumes some background in classical physics and mathematics, including simple differential equations, linear algebra and probability theory. It will be suitable for use in undergraduate courses in geophysics, applied mechanics and geotechnology and for graduate courses in seismology and earthquake engineering. In addition, it will serve as a reference text on seismological problems for professionals concerned with earthquakes, Earth structure and wave more

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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 1139167642
  • 9781139167642

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" excellent new and updated edition. It wouldn't surprise me if this in turn remains a standard text for many years to come." Geological Magazine "...fills a critical gap in the current literature and will be widely welcomed." Earthquake Spectrashow more

Table of contents

Preface; 1. The scope of seismology; 2. Elasticity theory; 3. Vibrations and waves; 4. Body elastic waves; 5. Surface elastic waves and eigen-vibrations of a sphere; 6. Reflection and refraction of elastic waves; 7. Seismic rays in a spherically stratified Earth model; 8. Amplitudes of the surface motion due to seismic waves in a spherically stratified Earth model; 9. Seismometry; 10. Construction of travel-time tables; 11. The seismological observatory; 12. Seismic waves in anomalous structures; 13. Seismic waves and planetary interiors; 14. Long-period oscillations and the Earth's interior; 15. Earthquake statistics and predictions; 16. The earthquake source; 17. Strong-motion seismology; Appendix; Selected bibliography; References; Unit conversion table; more

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