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Introduction To Optical Mineralogy, International Edition [International Edition] [Paperback]

William D. Nesse
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August 1, 2003 0195391152 978-0195391152 International ed
The International Edition of Introduction to Optical Mineralogy provides comprehensive coverage of the optical properties of minerals. It describes in detail more than 125 common rock-forming minerals and a selection of ore minerals. Revised chapters on optical theory discuss the petrographic microscope, the nature and properties of light, the behaviour of light in isotropic and anisotropic materials, and uniaxial and biaxial anisotropic optics.


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From reviews of the first edition: "Well written; the text makes the concepts readily understandable. Abundant well-labeled line diagrams, which closely complement the text, are present in all chapters . . . .Step-by-step procedures for the measurement of optical properties of minerals in thin section as well as grain mounts are outlined in detail . . . . To those teaching an introductory course in optical mineralogy or a petrology course involving thin-section work, I strongly recommend this book." --Geology

"It is clearly an attractive proposition to the undergraduate, who can obtain one textbook for two courses . . . .Nesse's book is profusely illustrated with well-designed and clearly-drawn diagrams, from which a student working on his own could learn a great deal." Times Higher Education Supplement

"Nesse has combined a generally non-technical style of prose with a profuse use of well conceived illustrations to provide highly readable explanations of most aspects of light transmission through minerals." --Journal of Geological Education

"This book represents an attempt to combine crystallography and optical mineralogy into one handy volume . . . . The author should be complemented for his success in achieving a good balance between two subjects while keeping the volume down to a reasonable and affordable size . . . . This practical book will serve very well as an introductory-level textbook." --American Mineralogist

"Fills a long-felt need for a brief text on microscopial optics containing adequate descriptions of a reasonable selections of actual minerals." --American Journal of Science

"A first class textbook aimed at a specific audience, and I recommend it for introductory optical mineralogy." --Geological Sciences

"An excellent book with many clear diagrams to aid the text . . . . Certainly teachers will find it a useful tool." --Applied Optics

"This book makes a very welcome addition to the current list of optical mierology texts. The organization of the book follows a clear logical path. The introductory sections are very clear, and excellent use has been made of diagrams and photographs. The pace is about right for most students and the course is well graded in terms of increasing complexity. Particularly attractive are the 'cut-away' diagrams illustrating extinction in various sections through different minerals in chapters 6 and 7. I find this one of the best available textbooks on introductory optical minerology - it is easy to read, beautifully illustrated and factually satisfying." --Geological Magazine

"Nesse's book has a central role for the undergraduate curriculum in most geology departments in the United States. [It] is already excellent. It should be considered strongly for adoption as a required text for mineralogic and petrologic optics by al undergraduate geology departments." --American Minerologist

"This book makes a very welcome addition to the current list of optical mineralogy texts. The organization of the book follows a clear logical path. The introductory sections are very clear, and excellent use has been made of diagrams and photographs. The pace is about right for most students and the course is well graded in terms of increasing complexity. Particularly attractive are the 'cut-away' diagrams illustrating extinction in various sections through different minerals in chapters 6 and 7. I find this one of the best available textbooks on introductory optical mineralogy - it is easy to read, beautifully illustrated and factually satisfying." --Geological Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

William D. Nesse, Professor of Geology, University of Northern Colorado. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; International ed edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195391152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195391152
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 9.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,900,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good undergrad college textbook for optical mineralogy. November 16, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Remarkably lucid yet accurate presentation of a subject often found difficult by students.
The first third of the text deals with the properties of light, the use and care of the petrographic microscope, and the optical properties of minerals and how to use these to identify mineral grains in thin sections.
Much of the text contains detailed descriptions of the commoner rock-forming minerals from the standpoint of the petrographer. Descriptive diagrams and photographs, and capitalized section headings, separated paragraphs, and all typeface (font) easy to read. Paper is quality glossy and easy to use.
Appendices include Identification Tables based upon various optical properties, tables which have proved their use to students taking the course. Also includes the standard fold-up Interference Color Chart, on quality glossy paper, and on its reverse a table of birefringence versus relief (difference in refractive index).
The author retains consideration for students, including photos of such non-minerals as may confuse the tyro, such as textile fibers, bubbles, and grinding compound, all of which get into thin sections (petrographic slides).
Excellently laid out and organized, it also contains a good Index. This text was written for college students taking petrography and optical mineralogy, and has been kept, rather than sold, even by some students who never expect to use a petrographic microscope again. College instructors take notice, as for a junior to senior level petrography course this text probably rates a 9 or a 10. [DMM]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A student's view February 5, 2000
By Duncan
Format:Hardcover
As a student of Geology, I have used Nesse as my bible for all petrology courses. It is complete, comprehensive and easy to use. A must for all geologists, student or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good standard reference material November 14, 2007
Format:Hardcover
A well written and illustrated textbook on the subject matter. It is exactly what it wants to be: An introduction. And it is a good one. Wide and detailed enough to give the beginner a good handle of "what optical mineralogy is all about" without going into too much detail of purely academic issues. Good balance of theory and examples.
The illustrations are plenty, rich and very instructive. However, minor improvements may be possible by replacing some of the black&white illustrations with updated colour graphics, in particular the microphotographs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Handy Dandy Guide April 10, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is a definate must have for all you Geologists out there. No matter what year of school you are in or even if you are no longer in school, but need a bit of reference now and again, this is the book to have. Nesse does an excellent job of clearly explaining and illustrating the optical properties of minerals. He includes all of the essential bits of information that any geologist will need. I highly recommend this book as a great reference tool that any geologist or aspiring geologist should add to their collection of references.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book December 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Finally we have a mineralogy text book that will compete with Klein and Hurlbuts's Manual of Mineralogy. The line drawings are outstanding. I am using this text book the next time I teach mineralogy.
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