From: Bob Hancock icarus@.........

Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 15:44:12 -0700

Richter's book is still very good, but it is also outdated. The copyright on the book I have is 1958, 51 years ago. Seismology is an evolving science and has changed greatly since 1958. One book to consider is WHOLE EARTH GEOPHYSICS - An Introductory Textbook for Geologists & Geophysicists by Robert J Lillie. This is a college level book, and lays an excellent foundation for seismology. The math is simplified algebra, and no calculus. Seismology is a subset of geophysics, and it gives a good overview on the subject. Another good book to consider is THE MECHANICS OF EARTHQUAKES AND FAULTING by Christopher H. Scholz. Lots of text, and very little math. The author starts out with the brittle fracture of rocks, and moves into faulting and earthquakes. Still another set of books to consider is THE SEISMIC WAVE FIELD VOL 1: Introduction and Theoretical Development; Vol 2: Interpretation of Seismogram on Regional and Global Scales. Volume 1 has much more math than Volume 2. The standard textbook used at several universities is AN INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY, EARTHQUAKES, AND EARTH STRUCTURE by Seth Stein and Michael Wysession. The math is moderate to high, but it is probably the most through book I have in my collection. Books to AVOID PRINCIPLES OF SEISMOLOGY by Agustin Udias - Lots and lots of math....... SEISMIC WAVES AND SOURCES by Ari Ben-Menahem and Sarva Jit Singh - VERY HEAVY with math. Bob HancockRichter's book is still very good, but it is = also outdated. The copyright on the book I have is 1958, 51 years = ago. Seismology is an evolving science and has changed greatly = since 1958.One book to consider is WHOLE EARTH = GEOPHYSICS - An Introductory Textbook for Geologists & Geophysicists = by Robert J Lillie. This is a college level book, and lays an = excellent foundation for seismology. The math is simplified = algebra, and no calculus. Seismology is a subset of geophysics, = and it gives a good overview on the = subject.Another good book to consider is = THE MECHANICS OF EARTHQUAKES AND FAULTING by Christopher H. Scholz. = Lots of text, and very little math. The author starts out = with the brittle fracture of rocks, and moves into faulting and = earthquakes.Still another set of books to = consider is THE SEISMIC WAVE FIELD VOL 1: Introduction and Theoretical = Development; Vol 2: Interpretation of Seismogram on Regional and = Global Scales. Volume 1 has much more math than Volume = 2.The standard textbook used at several = universities is AN INTRODUCTION TO SEISMOLOGY, EARTHQUAKES, AND EARTH = STRUCTURE by Seth Stein and Michael Wysession. The math is = moderate to high, but it is probably the most through book I have in my = collection.Books to = AVOIDPRINCIPLES OF SEISMOLOGY by Agustin Udias = - Lots and lots of math.......SEISMIC WAVES = AND SOURCES by Ari = Ben-Menahem and Sarva Jit Singh - VERY HEAVY with = math.Bob = Hancock<= /body>=