This is a rather admirable book. Its author is a person involved in metamorphic and structural geology in the field, who is interested in how simple physical models and calculations can throw light on the significance of geological observations. In his words, the aim of the book is to ‘introduce field based geologists to the quantitative treatment of their field data’ and ‘to the beauty and simplicity of descriptions with equations’.

The book is wide-ranging, covering topics as diverse as map projections, heat and temperature, topography and isostasy, stress, strain and rheology. Towards the end are two chapters on geodynamic...

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