PROBABLY at the present time there is no one competent to write a really good text-book on applied geophysics, but the strong demand for information on the subject has stimulated the production of many books, which fall short of the ideal in very different degrees. Dr. Ambronn's work is perhaps nearer perfection than most, though still very far off. Extreme sketchiness of treatment is inevitable when the attempt is made to deal with the historical, theoretical, and instrumental sides of so wide a subject in 284 pages of text. The author has clearly endeavoured, however, to master his subject and to present it from a scientific point of view, without any axe to grind or any special methods to advocate. The extent of his reading is indicated by the fact that more than sixty pages of the book are occupied by a list of references to authors; judging from the section of this literature known to the reviewer, half of these references might have been omitted with advantage.
Elements of Geophysics: as applied to Explorations for Minerals, Oil, and Gas.
Translated by Dr. Margaret C. Cobb. Pp. xi + 372. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc.; London: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., Ltd., 1928.) 25s. net.
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Elements of Geophysics: as applied to Explorations for Minerals, Oil, and Gas . Nature 124, 52 (1929). https://doi.org/10.1038/124052c0