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Fundamentals of Geophysics

By: William Lowrie(Author), Andreas Fichtner(Author)
425 pages, 420 b/w illustrations, 38 tables
Fundamentals of Geophysics
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This enduringly popular undergraduate textbook has been thoroughly reworked and updated, and now comprises twelve chapters covering the same breadth of topics as earlier editions, but in a substantially modernized fashion to facilitate classroom teaching. Covering both theoretical and applied aspects of geophysics, clear explanations of the physical principles are blended with step-by-step derivations of the key equations and over 300 explanatory figures to explain the internal structure and properties of the planet, including its petroleum and mineral resources. New topics include the latest data acquisition technologies, such as satellite geophysics, planetary landers, ocean bottom seismometers, and fibre optic methods, as well as recent research developments in ambient noise interferometry, seismic hazard analysis, rheology, and numerical modelling – all illustrated with examples from the scientific literature. Student-friendly features include separate text boxes with auxiliary explanations and advanced topics of interest; reading lists of foundational, alternative, or more detailed resources; end-of-chapter review questions and an increased number of quantitative exercises. Completely new to this edition is the addition of computational exercises in Python, designed to help students acquire important programming skills and develop a more profound understanding of geophysics.



1. The solar system
2. Plate tectonics
3. Gravity and the figure of the earth
4. Gravity surveying
5. Rheology of the earth
6. Seismology
7. Earthquakes and the Earth's internal structure
8. Geochronology
9. The Earth's heat
10. Geoelectricity
11. The Earth's magnetic field
12. Paleomagnetism


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William Lowrie is Professor Emeritus of Geophysics at the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, where he taught geophysics and carried out research in rock magnetism and paleomagnetism. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1960 with first class honors in physics, before completing a masters degree in geophysics at the University of Toronto and a doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been President of the European Union of Geosciences (1987-9) and Section President and Council member of the American Geophysical Union (2000-2). He is a Fellow of AGU and a Member of the Academia Europaea.

Andreas Fichtner is Professor of Geophysics at ETH Zürich. He received his PhD in 2010 from the University of Munich. His principal research interests include the development and application of methods for full seismic waveform inversion, resolution analysis in tomography, earthquake source inversion, seismic interferometry, and inverse theory. For his work, he received the Keiiti Aki Award from the American Geophysical Union, the Early Career Scientist Award from the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, and the Hoffmann Prize from the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. He is a former Fulbright scholar and a current member of the Young Academy of Europe.

By: William Lowrie(Author), Andreas Fichtner(Author)
425 pages, 420 b/w illustrations, 38 tables
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"An impressive overview of key geophysical concepts and the most recent advances. It strikes a unique balance in presenting the history, application, and quantitative theory necessary to understand the structure and dynamics of the Earth and terrestrial planets."
– Del Bohnenstiehl, North Carolina State University

"The addition of several new chapters on new and emerging fields, re-organization of existing chapters, and computational exercises provided as Jupyter notebooks have further enhanced the excellent quality of this outstanding textbook and make it ideal for teaching purposes."
– Christine Thomas, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univeristät Münster, Germany

"This is a welcome update of this classic textbook, which now includes some of the salient advances in 21st-century geophysics, including space geodesy and ambient noise imaging."
– Alexandre Fournier, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

"Fundamentals of Geophysics is an excellent textbook and this third edition includes the most recent advances in geophysics while retaining a historical perspective. The new computer exercises are also a very welcome addition for a modern course in solid-earth geophysics. I highly recommend this book to every student – it makes for compelling reading."
– Jeroen Ritsema, University of Michigan

Reviews of the first 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."

"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

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