In terms of popularity, geodynamics is a relatively new area of the Earth Sciences that is concerned with understanding the mostly large-scale processes occurring within the Earth's interior, such as heat generation and transfer, isostasy, mantle convection, faulting, etc. This new textbook by Taras Gerya attempts to provide ‘a practical, hands-on introduction to numerical geodynamic modelling for inexperienced people’. This point is emphasised within the introduction section to the book, which prepares the reader for the emphasis on numerical modelling that underpins a large part of geodynamics. In particular, the author presents his seven ‘Golden Rules’ that readers are advised...

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