Preface; 1. The Earth as a planet; 2. Gravity and the figure of the Earth; 3. Seismology and the internal structure of the Earth; 4. Earth's age, thermal and electrical properties; 5. Geomagnetism and paleomagnetism; Index.
A second edition of this classic textbook on fundamental principles of geophysics for geoscience undergraduates.
William Lowrie is Professor Emeritus of Geophysics at the Institute of Geophysics at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, where he has taught and carried out research for over thirty years. His research interests include rock magnetism, magnetostratigraphy, and tectonic applications of paleomagnetic methods.
Reviews from the 1st edition 'Bill Lowrie is to be congratulated with this superb effort. I highly recommend this volume as a must-have, middle-level, highly instructive textbook that makes for enjoyable reading at an easily affordable price.' Tectonophysics 'A book like this defines the subject ... The scientific treatment is meticulous. Each topic is described precisely and clearly ... an excellent resource for the intermediate student.' Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors 'This superb textbook manages to bear the weight of the complex mathematics associated with the study of the Earth's surface and interior. William Lowrie simplifies the maths to about second-year degree level ... an excellent textbook.' New Scientist 'The book is well illustrated and clearly presented. I have already found it helpful in teaching second-year geology students and have no doubt that it will be a useful reference book for undergraduates.' Geological Magazine 'This is the best and most comprehensive general geophysics book available, not only for undergraduate students but also for more experienced graduate students. It is clearly written, beautifully illustrated, and has the appropriate balance between mathematical and descriptive treatment. I particularly like the brief historical accounts that accompany each chapter. The new second edition includes text boxes that deal concisely with specific background topics (e.g. Fourier transforms), as well as useful exercises for students at the end of each chapter.' Professor Jim Channell, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida