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The fourth edition of Physics of the Earth maintains the original philosophy of this classic graduate textbook on fundamental solid earth geophysics, while being completely revised, updated, and restructured into a more modular format to make individual topics even more accessible. Building on the success of previous editions, which have served generations of students and researchers for nearly forty years, this new edition will be an invaluable resource for graduate students looking for the necessary physical and mathematical foundations to embark on their own research careers in geophysics. Several completely new chapters have been added and a series of appendices, presenting fundamental data and advanced mathematical concepts, and an extensive reference list, are provided as tools to aid readers wishing to pursue topics beyond the level of the book. Over 140 student exercises of varying levels of difficulty are also included, and full solutions are available online at


‘Physics of the Earth will continue to set the standard for the teaching of deep or whole earth geophysics.’

Vernon Cormier Source: Pure and Applied Geophysics

‘… a splendid textbook … a mine of knowledge and references’

Jean-Paul Poirier Source: Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors

‘… the book is ideal for students as it combines physical insight, basic equations and plenty of discussion … a classic book. Highly recommended.’

David Crossley Source: Geophysical Journal International

‘ … the overall balance of the work makes it a valuable survey that provokes thought, even for specialists in the field.’

Thorne Lay Source: Physics Today

' … this is an excellent text that I can strongly recommend to anyone requiring an introduction to Solid Earth Geophysics and planetary science.'

Source: Geological Magazine

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