This student-friendly text is written in a casual, jargon-free style to present a modern introduction to mineralogy. It emphasizes real-world applications and the history and human side of mineralogy. The author approaches the subject by explaining the larger, understandable topics first, and then explaining why the “little things” are important for understanding the larger picture.
This text for an undergraduate mineralogy course de-emphasizes jargon and taxonomy in favor of context and understanding. Topics are covered beginning with the big picture and ending with details and theory. To put mineralogy in context, there is material on petrology, chemistry, and other sciences not normally considered mineralogy, and the history and human side of mineralogy and its key figures is included. Learning features include color and b&w photos, thought questions, and an extensive glossary. This second edition contains more material relating mineralogy to the everyday world, and can be packaged with a CD-ROM containing some 400 mineral photos. The author is affiliated with the University of North Dakota. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)