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” ]:
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.