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
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"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