Principles of Mathematical Geology

Principles of Mathematical Geology

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This volume, based on the Russian edition publised in 1980, presents the fundamentals of mathematical geology. New developments which have taken place in the last ten years or so have been taken into account as far as possible, and this English edition contains two new chapters devoted, respectively, to random processes and a survey of future geological problems. The book has eight chapters. Chapter one deals with the basic question "what is mathematical geology?" Chapter two deals with the concept of probability. Chapter three relates this fundamental tool to geological problems with the help of specific examples. Chapters four through six cover the theory of random sequence and concentrates on the form which is the most useful to geologists. Chapter seven is dedicated to continuous Markov processes which occur frequently in geological phenomena. The volume concludes with an overview of ideas which have been generated by mathematical geology and which pave the way for the further development of the subject.
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  • Hardback | 500 pages
  • 171.45 x 254 x 25.4mm | 1,016.04g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • indexes
  • 0792300769
  • 9780792300762

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The most outstanding feature of this book is the clear, rigorous, and comprehensive presentation of Vistelius' concept of what mathematical geology is and where it should be heading in the future. It summarizes more than fifty years of experience, work, and understanding. ... this book should be mandatory reading for all those interested and working in mathematical geology because it presents much food for thought.' Mathematical Geology, 26: 3 (1994)
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Table of contents

Mathematical geology and the development of geological sciences; probability space and random variables; basic statistical concepts - problems of estimation and testing of hypotheses; random sequences and their Markov chains; transformations of Markov chains; statistical inferences on properties of random sequences and Markov hypotheses; random diffusion processes; coming problems and paradigm of geological sciences of the 21st century.
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