Because structural geology combines
field observations of deformed rock with the physics of rock deformation,
structural geologists must understand concepts developed by the
great natural philosophers and physicists of the last few centuries,
including Descartes, Hooke, Newton, Euler, Lagrange, Fourier, Gauss,
Navier, Cauchy, Stokes, and Kelvin.














René Descartes
(15961650)


Robert Hooke
(16351703) 

Isaac Newton
(16431727) 

Leonhard Euler
(1707 1783) 
These mathematicians and scientists helped to
develop the disciplines of calculus, differential geometry, and
continuum mechanics into thoroughly tested and immediately useful
tools for the description and analysis of deformed materials. We
put these tools to work to solve important problems in structural
geology.














JosephLouis Lagrange
(17361813)) 

Jean Baptiste Fourier
(17681830) 

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss
(17771855) 

Claude Louis Marie Henri Navier
(17851836) 
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
(17891857) 

George Gabriel Stokes
(18191903) 

William Thomson
(18241907)

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). 