5R54. Geodynamics of the Lithosphere: An Introduction. - K Stuwe (Dept of Geol and Paleontology, Univ of Graz, Heinrichstr 26, Graz, 8010, Austria). Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 2002. 449 pp. ISBN 3-54041-726-5. $69.95.
Reviewed by H Lippmann (Lehrstuhl A fur Mech, Tech Univ, Boltzmannstr 15, Garching, D-85748, Germany).
This monograph, although titled, an Introduction, deals in a pretty comprehensive way with the physical and mathematical modeling of the lithosphere of the earth, thus representing a textbook and a reference at the same time. Its special character results from the intention, ie, to bridge the gap of understanding between the field geologist and the more theoretically oriented scientist. Therefore mathematics has not been avoided; however, it is limited to the necessary items well explained without using mathematical proofs.
In the first two chapters, a common base of knowledge is generated, for all readers starting...