Inverse theory book

Pretty soon I’ll have to learn about inverse theory – and by pretty soon I mean Spring quarter, when I take the class.  I’m pretty excited about it.  It’s going to be a super tough course, but it will be so cool to know how to do it.  Now, since I’m a big nerd, I started searching around for some online resources, just to see what I could find.  I stumbled across this book [nbcite author=”Albert Tarantola” year=”2005″ title=”Inverse Problem Theory and Methods for Model Parameter Estimations” publisher=”SIAM” type=”book” ]:

Inverse Problem theory by Albert Tarantola

Inverse Problem Theory and Methods for Model Parameter Estimation

It’s by Albert Tarantola, and is available from his website for free, along with another of his books, “Elements for Physics – Quantities, Qualities, and Intrinsic Theories”.  On his books webpage, he says:

All scholars should make their work freely available on the web. I give my thanks to both, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and Springer-Verlag, for allowing me to post free PDF versions of my books.

Here are the rules: i) you are invited to download, view, and print the books; ii) if you work in a commercial company, or in a rich institution (like a university in the developed world), and your plan is to use one of the books from time to time, please purchase it (links below).

I just think that’s cool.  I do fall under the category of working in a “rich institution” (a university in the developed world), so if it is something I think I can use, I will purchase the hard copy.  I do like having actual books in my bookshelf.

One thing I like about the book, at least from a very brief first glance, is that it includes SEVERAL examples at the back.  The first on is “Estimation of the Epicentral Coordinates of a Seismic Event”, where an earthquake is sensed at different times by a network of seismic stations.  Hmmm… sounds familiar.  I might take a little peek if I have any time to spare in the next little while.

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