Mathematical Geology

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 921–932 | Cite as

The oldest laboratory of mathematical geology (USSR) and its seminar

  • Andrew B. Vistelius


Our experience has shown that any laboratory of mathematical geology can do significant work if its staff is composed of geologists who are able to critically assess geological ideas, are able to see new features in routine observations, and understand clearly what scientific problems they should solve, and why these problems can be solved with a mathematical approach more efficiently than through purely geological methods. The staff should include mathematicians who can solve nontrivial mathematical problems and are ready to seek problems that require joint participation with geologists. Both disciplines should collaborate benevolently with mutual interest, without any pressure, and develop a mutually understandable geologico-mathematical language. They should understand that obtaining such a language requires tremendous patience. Daily contacts and discussions on current problems are necessary as a forum for exchange of ideas. In our laboratory, seminars are organized as such forums. Lectures for this seminar ideally involve sufficiently broad problems with non-trivial results in mathematics and geology that provide educational aspects. Abstracts of lectures for this seminar which were delivered during winter 1984–1985, are published here to provide an indication of seminar contents.

Key words

stochastic processes mathematical geology carbonates ideal granites model sedimentation 


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© International Association for Mathematical Geology 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew B. Vistelius
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Mathematical Geology, Institute of Precambrian Geology and GeochronologyAcademy of SciencesLeningradUSSR

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