Cambridge Core – Solid Earth Geophysics – Fundamentals of Geophysics – by William Lowrie. This second edition of Fundamentals of Geophysics has been completely revised and updated, and is the ideal WILLIAM LOWRIE. Swiss Federal Institute of. This unique textbook presents a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles of geophysics. Unlike most geophysics textbooks, it combines both the .

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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.

The scientific treatment is meticulous. Each topic is described precisely and clearly William Lowrie simplifies the maths to about second-year degree level 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.

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.

Fourier transformsas well as useful exercises for students at the end of each chapter. I have recommended the first edition Completely revised and updated, with review questions and exercises, this second edition is a comprehensive treatment of the fundamental principles of each major branch of geophysics. It is an ideal geophysics textbook for undergraduate students of geoscience. Additional resources can loqrie found at www.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This second edition of Fundamentals of Geophysics has been completely revised and updated, and is the ideal geophysics textbook for undergraduate students of geoscience with an introductory level of knowledge in physics and mathematics. It gives a comprehensive treatment of the fundamental principles of each major branch of geophysics, and presents geophysics within the wider context of plate tectonics, geodynamics and planetary science.

Basic principles are explained with the aid of numerous figures and step-by-step mathematical treatments, and important geophysical results are illustrated with examples from the scientific literature. Text-boxes are used for auxiliary explanations and to handle topics of interest for more advanced students. This new edition also includes review questions at the end of each chapter to help assess the reader’s understanding of the topics covered and quantitative exercises for more thorough evaluation.


Solutions to the exercises and electronic copies of the figures are available at www.

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A Student’s Guide to Geophysical Equations. Introduction to Applied Geophysics: Exploring the Shallow Subsurface. Review Reviews from the 1st edition ‘Bill Lowrie is to be congratulated with this superb effort. Cambridge University Press; 2 edition October 22, Language: Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.

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It does not point to advanced and still unresolved issues as a book as “Physics of the Earth” by Stacey and Davis does which I consider advanced but that is not its goal. The topics are covered extensively and in an accessible manner. Details left out from derivations can be found in the accompanying “Student’s Guide to Geophysical Equation”.

I used the two together and the couple is a good standalone tool to study geophysics.

This book is very useful. I tried to use findamentals book as an “updated” textbook for an introductory course on Physics of the Earth second year geophysics major I had to taught. Since my area of research is paleomagnetism and fundamenyals magnetism the name of William Lowrie was sort of a guarantee that the book would be good.

However, in the middle of the term I had to switch back to the “great classics”, namely Stacey’s and Garland’s books. There are several problems with this book, firstly most of the formulae are presented out of the blues without a comprehensive deduction. That is not the most serious problem though, I also found several mistakes in the edition I do not know if further editions took care of these problems. Some of these mistakes are pretty serious. That is not correct since in MacCullah’s formula the centrifugal term coming from Earth’s rotation is not considered!!!!


There are also lots of minor mistakes related to missing terms in several formulae and derivatives. I did not touch the chapters related to geomagnetism and rock magnetism but I gather they should be the best in the whole book I really hope so!!!!

However I would not recommend this book at all. There are other books better than this one, i. Hard to read, as if it were written by someone who speaks math, not English. There are much better geophysical texts out there. See all 6 reviews.

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