Predictive geology: with emphasis on nuclear-waste disposal.


Reviews book which primarily discusses applications of earth science to the disposal of high-level radioactive wastes. Points out that very little is said regarding practical experience with, or the epistemological foundation of, prediction in the earth and geotechnical sciences. Suggests that an in-depth examination of the difficulties of retrodiction in the earth sciences might have provided the philosophical overview missing in a volume whose title stresses predictive geology. De-Marsily,-G.; Merriam,-D.F. (Pergamon Press, Maxwell House, Fairview Park, Elmsford, New York 10523)