Earthquake seismology, like most areas of geophysics, is a fascinating mix of theory, computation, and observation. The past 50–60 years of earthquake seismology can be described as a synergistic interaction between the expanding quantity and improving quality of seismic data and important advances in practical wave‐propagation physics and computation. An important impetus for many of these developments was the need to monitor and characterize nuclear explosions in the atmosphere, oceans, and underground, which stimulated a major investment in seismology during the 1960s that, combined with the plate tectonics revolution, initiated large growth in the field. Substantial effort was invested to...

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