Introduction to Seismology

Peter M. Shearer

THIRD EDITION (2019) now available from Cambridge University Press.

Description of book (from CUP blurb)

This third edition provides a concise yet approachable introduction to seismic theory, designed as a first course for graduate students or advanced undergraduate students. It clearly explains the fundamental concepts, emphasizing intuitive understanding over lengthy derivations, and outlines the different types of seismic waves and how they can be used to resolve Earth structure and understand earthquakes. New material and updates have been added throughout, including ambient noise methods, shear-wave splitting, back-projection, migration and velocity analysis in reflection seismology, earthquake rupture directivity, and fault weakening mechanisms. A wealth of both reworked and new examples, review questions and computer-based exercises in MATLAB/Python give students the opportunity to apply the techniques they have learned to compute results of interest and to illustrate Earth's seismic properties. More advanced sections, which are not needed to understand the other material, are flagged so that instructors or students pressed for time can skip them.

Subroutines and scripts for homework exercises

Copies of Matlab scripts, Python codes, and data points for some of the homework exercises are available HERE under Resources).


Alas, nothing is perfect, including this book. Click for a list of known typos and mistakes in the first edition, second edition, and third edition.

Please e-mail me if you find any additional mistakes, especially in the 3rd edition.

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