Books and Translations
Since Geophysical Exploration for Petroleum is truly a global activity, it should be of no surprise to find that much of the petroleum literature is routinely translated from English to other languages. The last book on this list, Vertical Seismic Profiling, is the unusual example of a translation from Russian to English.
The English to Russian book listed is a translation of Underground Sound. For some reason the Russians substituted a different title.
The Chinese translations are also of Underground Sound.
The first book on this list, Seismic Waves: Radiation, Transmission, and Attenuation, received support from unexpected sources. Management defined the creation of this book to be a part of Dr. White’s job. McGraw-Hill Book Company extended a contract and accepted his manuscript to be included in their “International Series in the Earth Sciences.” As Adjunct Professor at Colorado School of Mines, he was able to use the growing manuscript as the core of the curriculum for a graduate level course.
McGraw-Hill realized that the manuscript would be too short, which was a problem. One solution was to direct research efforts to a number of problems with results being reported in the book instead of in journals.
A half dozen research topics that actually appear in the book are: borehole coupling for a borehole in a permeable solid, seismic reflections from the ocean bottom, simplification of the Gassmann equation, anisotropy of layered media, reciprocity for seismic waves, and attenuation and loss mechanisms.
This additional research strengthened the technical contents of the book.
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Seismic Wave Propagation: Collected Works of J. E. White
This first chapter sets the stage for the later technical development of Dr. Whit’s career in applied seismics. Experiments, f’wst at the Acoustics Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later at Mobil Oil and Marathon Oil, provided insight into the general problems of impedance measurements, transduction, filtering, and attenuation. These papers also serve as a bridge to show geophysicists how theft own experiments in seismology naturally interface with (indeed, arose out of) the larger world of sound measurements in air and water. These experiments demonstrate the power of geometrically constrained experiments to allow verification of approximate (and in some cases, exact) theories of sound.