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Prerequisites
Aesthetic Pleasures
Intellectual Pleasures
Practical Necessities
Qualitative & Quantitative Skills
Field Observations, Measurements & Mapping
Acknowledgements
About the Authors
References Cited

Preface

         
Intellectual Pleasures  
     

René Descartes
(1596-1650)

Robert Hooke
(1635-1703)
Isaac Newton
(1643-1727)
Leonhard Euler
(1707- 1783)
Joseph-Louis Lagrange
(1736-1813))
Jean Baptiste Fourier
(1768-1830)
Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss
(1777-1855)
Claude Louis Marie Henri Navier
(1785-1836)

The word "discipline" used above in describing calculus, differential geometry, and continuum mechanics has other meanings for students of structural geology. One kind of discipline is required to bring precise measurements back from a rigorous field campaign and another kind of discipline is required to apply the fundamental mathematical and mechanical concepts to models of geologic structures that are essential to understand Earth's tectonic history.

Augustin Louis Cauchy
(1789-1857)
George Gabriel Stokes
(1819-1903)
William Thomson
(1824-1907)

The motivation for this course of study is partly aesthetic (we behold the beauty of the nature as expressed in earth structures) and partly intellectual (we comprehend the constructs of the human mind as manifest in mathematics and continuum mechanics).

 

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