For over 40 years Professor Cerveny and his co-workers have been major contributors to the development and application of seismic ray theory. This book is described in its outline as ‘the most comprehensive treatment of the ray method available’ and it lives up to that description. Who should read it? If you are out to learn the basics of ray theory, don’t get put off by the comprehensive nature of this book, as it is very readable. Also, there is the adage that to truly understand the basics one needs to see how those convert into technical detail. Professor Cerveny...

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