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Manual of Mineral Science Hardcover – February 20, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0471721574 ISBN-10: 0471721573 Edition: 23rd

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  • Hardcover: 716 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 23 edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471721573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471721574
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Dee on August 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This new edition has made several improvements over the last one. The organization is clearer and better prepared. This book provides a better explanation and more detailed examples than other books of this type. The CD is a great asset for readers in comprehending the heirarchy of crystal organization and provides better visualization of the three-dimensional aspects of the various crystal forms and structures.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Denu on September 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for those who want a very in depth and comprehensive understanding of mineralogy. However, with no prior knowledge in chemistry or geology this book is very hard to understand. It is also very hard to read. It does not flow and is very analytical. It does have so very useful things though. It has a description and breakdown of most minerals and a great mineral index. If your serious and have prior background, get it.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By geologist on July 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book, the 23rd edition, after having been forced to use the 19th edition of Hurlbut & Klein while a student at Baylor University. Most mineralogy Professors love to draw and derive axial ratios for all the mineral classes, and I was surprised to discover that axial ratios are not discussed to a great degree in this edition. I now know why my Mineralogy Professor lectured from MINERALOGY FOR STUDENTS (1981); a book I wish I had way back then (that guy loved to keep it hidden from view, and why he did not make it available to his students I will never understand). The figures and diagrams still leave much to be desired and the writing style is confussing, but not as bad as the 19th edition, and that useless symmetry content section is still in this edition. Other geologist told me that the book is an improvement on previous attempts, but after spending time reading the new book, my opion has not changed about this Mineralogy text book. This is the worst mineralogy text book that one can purchase. The authors just shifted a few things around, cleared up mistakes, redrew diagrams, and added/deleted a chapter or two. It is not a text book I recommend for the use in a mineralogy course. Can anyone tell me that there is a better book than MINERALOGY FOR STUDENTS by Battey and Ping?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.P.G. on April 3, 2013
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This book is a great introduction to mineralogy, and crystallography. A professor recommended I get it to help me prepare for a class next semester.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoguy on January 16, 2011
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This textbook is required for my Geology class. I found it very intuitive with a lot of detail illustrations, I will certainly learn well from this book at the end of the semester.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a geology college student, I found this book full of information but the presentation of that information was very confusing. I also found the lack of colored pictures annoying. When trying to learn different minerals color tends to help a little. Very short coverage of a few topics such as miller indices. I personally would love to find a better book then this.
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I like reading this Manual of Mineralogy (Mineral Science 23rd edition.) It is easy reading for a scientist. It has some color pages of minerals; but most of the book is black and white prints of minerals. There is a lot of interesting material to read in this book. I have had an earlier edition too which I don't have with me now; so I ordered this 23rd edition.
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A book for use throughout my Geology classes. This is a book to keep for future reference in the field of Geology and in most college degree classes.
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