continued popularity of this text is testament to the meticulous detail with
which important mathematical formulas are derived; there simply is nothing of
any importance that is glossed over or omitted."
--Pure and Applied Geophysics, 2005 (162)
excellent study and reference book for seismologists well-grounded in the
methods of mathematical physics. This updated version of Aki and Richard's
classical geophysical text deserves a place in every serious geophysicist's
--The Leading Edge
"For more than twenty years, Aki and Richards' classic has maintained its
position as the most complete and accessible text on theoretical seismology.
Now brought up to date throughout, and with several completely revised chapters,
this book will remain "The Bible" of the subject for years to come."
--Bruce R. Julian, USGS
"An important renewal of a classic geophysics text. The clarity of the chapters that describe fundamental seismic wave propagation remains undiminished."
--Jeffrey Park, Yale University
"Still the preeminent text on analytic theory and methods in seismology."
--D.J. Andrews, USGS
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"This truly exquisite text/monograph provides advanced students and professionals with a wonderfully detailed and comprehensive but lucid account of physical, mathematical and instrumentational principles that lie at the quantitative heart of modern seismology...An extraordinary publishing event."
--Sci Tech Book News
This new edition of the classic text by Aki and Richards has at last been updated throughout to systematically explain key concepts in seismology. Now in one volume, the book provides a unified treatment of seismological methods that will be of use to advanced students, seismologists, and scientists and engineers working in all areas of seismology.
Kei Aki, left, and Paul Richards on the occasion of Kei Aki's retirement from academia. Until his death in 2005, Keiiti Aki resided on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean. His distinguished career included faculty appointments for many years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California. Paul Richards has taught and conducted research for many years at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where his work has turned to methods of monitoring earthquakes and underground nuclear explosions. His current research is focused on improving the accuracy with which earthquakes and explosions are routinely located around the world. [Photo courtesy of Tom Henyey and John McRaney.]