The theme of this small book is elementary, covering classical solid state physics applied to some problems of the Earth’s interior. The level of coverage is aimed at advanced undergraduate or early graduate students. This book can also be considered as an update of Francis Birch’s classic 1952 paper on “Elasticity and the Internal Constitution of the Earth.” It should also be required reading for those specialists who attempt to model deep Earth processes.

Subjects covered include thermodynamics of solids, elasticity, lattice vibrations, equations of state, melting, transport properties, and phase changes. There are also sections on shock waves, thermal...

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