This book attempts to achieve what, by the author’s own admission, is a near impossible task, namely to give an account of the whole variety of quantitative methods used in solid earth geophysics and geology and demonstrate their applications. Its scope is wide ranging, containing 19 chapters and a set of appendices of mathematical techniques which cover subjects as diverse as the philosophical approaches of Bacon and Popper and their application in Earth Sciences through to ‘A short history of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic’. The bulk of the book is composed of more predictable sections on properties of rocks, seismology,...

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