Measuring the research impact of the book Folding and Fracturing of Rocks by John G. Ramsay
Published:January 02, 2020
Richard J. Lisle, Fernando Bastida, Jesús Aller, 2020. "Measuring the research impact of the book Folding and Fracturing of Rocks by John G. Ramsay", Folding and Fracturing of Rocks: 50 Years of Research since the Seminal Text Book of J. G. Ramsay, C. E. Bond, H. D. Lebit
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On the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book Folding and Fracturing of Rocks by John G. Ramsay we use an analysis of citations to assess the book's impact on research in the field of structural geology. Five topics dealt with in the book have had special success in terms of the number of citations: (1) superimposed folding; (2) fold classification based on layer thickness variation; (3) simple shear deformation; (4) the Rf/φ method; and (5) the flexural-slip mechanism of folding. The great impact of this book can be seen in several examples where the book has inspired new lines of research, such as: progressive deformation, strain analysis, shear zones and folding analysis. Ramsay's great merit in writing his book was to have wisely known to apply the quantitative methodology of continuum mechanics to the analysis of the geological structures. We conclude that Folding and Fracturing of Rocks is the most influential textbook in the field of structural geology research.
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This Special Publication is a celebration of research into the Folding and Fracturing of Rocks to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of the seminal textbook by J. G. Ramsay. Folding and Fracturing of Rocks summarised the key structural geology concepts of the time. Through his numerical and geometric focus John pioneered and provided solutions to understanding the processes leading to the folding and fracturing of rocks. His strong belief that numerical and geometric solutions, to understanding crustal processes, should be tested against field examples added weight and clarity to his work. The basic ideas and solutions presented in the text are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago, and this collection of papers celebrates John's contribution to structural geology. The papers explore the lasting impact of John and his work, they present case studies and a modern understanding of the process documented in the Folding and Fracturing of Rocks.