The destructive force of earthquakes has stimulated human inquiry since ancient times, yet the scientific study of earthquakes is a surprisingly recent endeavor. Instrumental recordings of earthquakes were not made until the second half of the 19th century, and the primary mechanism for generating seismic waves was not identified until the beginning of the 20th century. This book describes the growth and origins of earthquake science and identifies research and data collection efforts that will strengthen the scientific and social contributions of this exciting new discipline.
"This new synopsis of the state-of-the-art in seismology has been prepared by a panel of eminent scientists who could easily comprise the 'All-Pro' team of contemporary US seismology... In contrast with many such compendia with multiple inputs, individual chapters are not attributed to the separate authors, and the whole has been edited into a uniform style. ...it will certainly reward anyone who is interested in learning more about the origins and development of seismology. ... Professionals in many areas, such as engineering or geology, will also find this an invaluable and authoritative information source on advanced concepts in current applied seismology. ... It should appeal to a wide spectrum of readers for its comprehensive evaluation of modern applied seismology and for its contemporary research authority."
-- Geoscientist, August 2004