Quo Vadimus: Geophysics for the Next Generation

Quo Vadimus: Geophysics for the Next Generation

Editor(s): George D. Garland, John R. Apel

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875904559

Online ISBN: 9781118666586

DOI: 10.1029/GM060

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 60.

This Monograph contains the contributions to the Union symposium, held at the XIX General Assembly, Vancouver, Canada in August 1987, and known as the Quo Vadimus symposium.
As the name ("Where are we going?") suggests, one principal purpose of the symposium was to identify outstanding problems of geodesy and geophysics, and thereby to stimulate efforts to solve them over the next few decades. While there had been a number of proposals to take a critical look at the present state of these sciences, the form of the symposium owes much to a suggestion by Professor Keilis-Borok, that geodesists and geophysicists emulate the critical review of mathematics made by David Hilbert in 1900. Hilbert outlined twenty-three unsolved problems, which he felt were being bequeathed to the mathematicians of the twentieth century. His paper has had great influence, and many of the problems isolated by him have now been solved.

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