Introduction to Mineralogy Hardcover – Oct 15 1999
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"A fine text, as good as Hurlbut and Klein's published by Wiley, and at a lesser cost! The latter is important, especially for overseas universities like ours!"--Lewis D. Ashmal, RAU, South Africa
"Finally, a book that combines the essentials of crystallography, mineralogy, and optics with complete mineral descriptions and excellent artwork."--Drew Coleman, Boston University
"Contains good coverage of other important topics together with essential optical mineralogy."--Doug Smith, University of Texas at Austin
"Concise and informative."--Harold Stowell, University of Alabama
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-thick pages make it durable, a plus for a textbook that is likely to become a reference book
-lots of info on common minerals for reference
-essential mineralogy knowledge is in there...
-...the info in the book is on the internet but tends to be very scattered, not much mineralogy on wikipedia unlike biology, chemistry, common core classes, etc. search a few topics in this book and all you get is scholarly research pdf papers.. and you probably won't understand those or find them very useful.
-it makes you feel smart to read it and actually understand it... although that can be time-consuming
-no color photos, although not really necessary, but the nice cover photo is misleading
-NOT an easy reading textbook-
-info is DENSE and requires multiple readings and supplemental sources to really understand it...not many good supplemental sources out there
-there are some essential and difficult concepts that the book just glances over in a paragraph or two, there should be a student guide to flesh out the info, although it would probably need to be many times thicker than the textbook itself...
-mineralogy is probably the hardest class on the path to a BS in geology or related majors once you get through chem, calc, and physics.
It will not help you through and igneous or metamorphic petrologic inferences, simply in mineral identification. Since this is why I bought it, I'm giving it 5 stars and recommending it to anyone studying or interested in optical mineralogy.
I am a third of the way through the class and we have basically read most of the book already. It is easy to read, conversational at times. The parts explaining chemistry are easy to understand, especially if you have already taken Gen Chem, which was a pre-req for my class. The mineral indices in the back are really helpful for looking up identification methods (hand sample, properties, optics) and quick references to the cleavage, crystal classifications, etc for common minerals.
Honestly, I don't have any complaints about this book. Considering there is a wealth of mineral information available on websites such as [...] or [...], this book has just the right amount of information to learn your stuff without being overwhelmed by the endless amount of learning available in the field of mineralogy.
Also, things people don't usually talk about in reviews: this book is about an inch thick, sturdily bound and printed on high stock paper. It will hold up to several semesters in the geology department and it's not so big that you dread taking it to class with you. It's worth buying to keep, new or used, if you're a geology major or a mineralogy enthusiast.
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