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Manual of Mineral Science [Hardcover]

Cornelis Klein , Barbara Dutrow
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February 20, 2007 0471721573 978-0471721574 23
The classic in the field since 1848, this extraordinary reference offers readers unsurpassed coverage of mineralogy and crystallography. The book is known for integrating complete coverage of concepts and principles with a more systematic and descriptive treatment of mineralogy. The revised edition now includes a CD-ROM to let readers see the minerals and crystals, while also viewing chemical composition, symmetry, and morphological crystallography.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 716 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 23 edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471721573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471721574
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Manual of Mineral Science (23rd ed.) Top in Field! 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the light of heart. September 30, 2008
By D. Denu
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Mineralogy again? 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 3, 2013
By R.P.G.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book January 16, 2011
By Geoguy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Manual of Mineral Science January 21, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for learning, but good detailed reference November 6, 2013
By B. Uhl
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Standard text. Not recommended for learning. Probably best as a reference. Packed with complex details and information. Pages are a bit thin for heavy use (as a reference).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference
Very well structured book with plenty of background information and a great index for referencing what you need, and often several different references (individual entry, entries... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alyssa B
4.0 out of 5 stars My text book
I have not only fulfilled the requirement for my class with the book but have actuall found it helpful and interesting
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Sanderson
1.0 out of 5 stars listed under wrong name
I bought this believing my daughter didn't already have it - since it was listed everywhere as I ordered it under the name Manual of Mineralogy, and NO WHERE did I see the actual... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Bentley
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Pretty good read, detailed explanations and easy to understand. I just wish the photographs were colored. Could do with a review notes and questions at the end of each chapter.
Published 10 months ago by Amos Albert
4.0 out of 5 stars about the book
It might be better for this book if it was available in a PDF version. The book is very useful but for a geology student it should have the crystals and minerals on pictures in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paola
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory
Material was in the condition that was stated in the description. Overal had a good experience. I would recommend this product, too.
Published 10 months ago by Brenda Sanchez
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, could use color
This is a very informative book and I enjoyed learning mineralogy. However, lack of colored pictures made the book a mild bore especially since the cover is so inviting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by JTXD
5.0 out of 5 stars Geology Bible
A great textbook that all should own. Needed a comprehensive field guide textbook for field and lab work and this one will be well used I am sure.
Published 14 months ago by Daniel Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book!
The book is wonderful and I rated it on a scale of five to show my appreciation for its best condition. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sharlotte
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not care for it
I know of no one in my class who was thrilled with this book. Many found it hard to understand and a dull read (it's black and white save for a few pages). Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lea
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