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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The Natural History Museum (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0565092391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0565092399
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An up-to-date introduction to meteorites and their scientific importance, this short work bears the imprimatur of London’s Natural History Museum, with which the authors are associated. Containing ample photographs and diagrams, the work taps into the fact that meteorites are a field in which amateurs can make a genuine contribution to science by reporting a fireball in the sky or finding a meteorite on the ground. Accordingly, the authors describe what extraterrestrial rocks look like and the regions in which they are apt to be found and then delve into their significance to scientists such as themselves. In short, the mineralogy of meteorites records the origins of the solar system. Photographs of thin-slice sections show in kaleidoscopic vividness how visually varied the interior of meteorites are, while the authors’ text explains the lines of chemical evidence by which scientists connect a meteorite to an epoch of time or a specific asteroid of origin. Including photos of recent space missions dedicated to meteoritic research, this is a capable title for libraries needing an introductory book on meteorites. --Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"This new book from the Natural History Museum does a great job of introducing the science of meteoritics...this is accompanied by a wonderful selection of vivid imagery...the authors do well to cover so much ground in such a thin volume and manage to skilfully capture the fascination that the subject inspires." BBC Sky at Night magazine "Meteorites provides a jargon-free introduction to these Rosetta stones of the Solar System...the book has a really modern feel to it; it is well illustrated with clear diagrams and plentiful crisp photographs of real meteorites that bring to life what is being said in the text...this book makes an excellent introductory text for someone who has no prior knowledge of meteorites and is looking for a basic grounding in the subject." Astronomy Now

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By dream factory on September 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The simply titled 'Meteorites' proves itself a wonderful book. It presents the whole field of "rocks from space" in a comprehensive yet easily digested manner.

The information herein is for the most part straight-forward. Pages overflow with interesting data about the various aspects of the world of meteorites:
The history of their domain (the solar system).
The atmposphere of their dwelling places.
Their inherent nature and composition.
The history of their earthly existance and contact with humanity.
Every aspect of meteorite information is expounded upon by this well versed author. Her love for the subject is evident.

The layout of this book is well thought out and adds to the informative text. The spread on each subject is well planned. The photographs of rocks are simply gorgeous.

Both to the weathered meteorite hound or the curious novice it is a mysterious and amazing field. And in this field full of so many books this book immediately sits at the top of the list.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Caldwell on October 28, 2009
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"Meteorites" is a great introduction to the entire science surrounding these enigmatic little rocks from space. It is written at an accessible level that would be ideal as a reference for high school students or for someone just developing an interest in the field of meteorites. What I liked best was the contemporary information contained within and in addition to the main text. The science of asteroids, comets, impacts, astrobiology, and meteorites changes so quickly that it's hard to find a text with such accurate, current information. I recommend this book to anyone who has even a passing interest in meteorites.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Al Price on August 15, 2012
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I retired a few years ago but that doesn't mean that I've stopped learning. I was watching a story on TV about meteorites, so I decided to learn more about them. This is a very good book on the subject AND it has a lot of color photos (as opposed to several other books that I bought on the subject that only have B&W photos)! Buy it, I think you'll enjoy it. Also, it's written in Layman's language, so they aren't talking over our heads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Malagold on January 31, 2014
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I'm a non scientist with an interest in meteoritics.
This short book does a very nice job of explaining the formation and classification of meteorites without bogging one down in details more relevant to a PhD. Diagrams and pictures are clear and understandable.
A nice intro for someone with an interest in the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rodney s. on November 7, 2013
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Great information on meteorites, what they are made from, their relevance to the formation of our solar system, a great read
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By Rosemary on April 8, 2013
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I got this for my son who is a geologist at heart. He has been studying rocks and minerals for years. He loves it!
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