Society of Exploration Geophysicists releases Basic Geophysics by Enders A. Robinson and Dean Clark

An excellent resource for both novices and professionals

Tulsa, OK, 18 October 2017 - For a thorough comprehension of the field of geophysics, we need to understand its origins. Basic Geophysics by Enders A. Robinson and Dean Clark takes us on a journey that demonstrates how the achievements of our predecessors have paved the way for our modern science. From the ancient Greeks through the Enlightenment to the greats of the contemporary age, the reasoning behind basic principles is explored and clarified. With that foundation, several advanced topics are examined, including: the 3D wave equation; ray tracing and seismic modeling; reflection, refraction, and diffraction; and WKBJ migration. The successful integration of the historical narrative alongside practical analysis of relevant principles makes this book an excellent resource for both novices and professionals, and all readers will gain insight and appreciation for the seismic theory that underlies modern exploration seismology. The historical narrative, alongside practical analysis of relevant principles, is an excellent resource for novices and professionals who seek to understand the seismic theory that underlies modern exploration seismology. 

Former SEG Editor Evert Slob wrote: “Basic Geophysics is a delight, and we should have had this book many years ago.” 

Enders A. Robinson is professor emeritus of geophysics at Columbia University in the Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Chair. He received a B.S. in mathematics in 1950, an M.S. in economics in 1952, and a Ph.D. in geophysics in 1954, all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a research assistant in the mathematics department at MIT in 1950, Robinson was assigned to seismic research. Paper-and-pencil mathematics on the analytic solution of differential equations was expected. Instead, Robinson digitized the seismic records and processed them on the MIT Whirlwind digital computer. The success of digital signal processing led to the formation of the MIT Geophysical Analysis Group in 1952 with Robinson as director. Almost the entire geophysical exploration industry participated in this digital enterprise. In 1965, Robinson and six colleagues formed Digicon, one of the first companies to do commercial digital seismic processing. In 1996, Digicon and Veritas combined to form VeritasDGC, which combined with CGG in 2007.

With Sven Treitel, Robinson received the SEG award for best paper in GEOPHYSICS in 1964, the SEG Reginald Fessenden Award in 1969, and the Conrad Schlumberger Award from the European Association of Exploration Geophysicists, also in 1969. In 1983, Robinson was made an honorary member of SEG. In 1984, he received the Donald G. Fink Prize Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. In 1988, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. He received the SEG Maurice Ewing Medal and the SEG award for best paper in GEOPHYSICS in 2001, the Blaise Pascal Medal for Science and Technology from the European Academy of Sciences in 2003, and the Desiderius Erasmus Award from the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers in 2010. Robinson is the author of 20 books and the coauthor of 13.

Dean Clark joined the publications department at SEG in 1981 as associate editor of The Leading Edge (TLE). He became TLE’s editor in 1984 and served in that capacity until retiring in 2013. He served as a U.S. Army officer from 1966 to 1969. He then joined the sports department of the Tulsa World newspaper where he spent 12 years as a reporter and columnist. Clark has written one hundred scientific and literary articles covering all phases of exploration geophysics including the history of geophysics, biographies of leading geophysicists, expositions of current developments and new trends, and mathematical tutorials. He also has written short stories and short plays based on characters in the Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Six of his plays have been performed in New York during the annual January gathering of the Baker Street Irregulars to celebrate Holmes’ birthday. Clark is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism in 1966. He is a founding member of the Afghanistan Perceivers of Oklahoma and a member of Circulo Holmes, the Sherlock Holmes club in Barcelona, Spain.

Basic Geophysics is available for purchase at the SEG Shop. SEG members pay US$76, nonmembers US$139. Also available as an e-book. SEG members save 45%.


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