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Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History (Fifty Things That Changed the Course of History) Hardcover – July 19, 2012
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The brief sections are consistently interesting, and plenty of supplemental illustrations and photos make this a handsome volume...best-suited to curious kids and casual mineralogists. (Publishers Weekly 2012-07-01)
This is a beautiful book, nicely bound and richly illustrated... written in an easy to read, casual style. It may be of interest to middle or high school students, or their teachers who are looking for some historical background on these minerals. It is also suitable for the layperson. (Blaise J. Arena, Arena Consulting, Des Plaines, IL Science Books and Film 2013-05-01)
Gives a fascinating perspective on the scope of human development. (Foreword Reviews 2012-09-20)
This series...has hit the nail on the head again. (Globe and Mail, Christmas 2012 Gift Book List 2012-12-08)
Believe me, once you start mining this book, you'll have no trouble digging out nuggets of fascinating information! (Jan Johnston The Columbian (Vancouver, WA) 2012-12-09)
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In entries that range from two to eight pages, "Fifty Minerals" describes the natural materials present in our planet's crust (and occasionally, as in the case of bronze and steel, those humans have produced) that have had the greatest effect on mankind. We use these minerals for our buildings, currencies, containers, foods, fuels, dyes, and all manner of manufactured goods. We need them in the arts, sciences, medicine, trade, transportation, communication, warfare, and much more. The text concisely and entertainingly places them into context, provides a rationale for their significance, and profiles the individuals whose discoveries and creativity were pivotal. Sidebars offer details about their special uses and cultural connections. The book concludes with a useful list of related readings and websites.
Each of these volumes is cleverly designed, copiously illustrated, and beautifully bound a la the renowned Dorling-Kindersley books, and each makes a fine, durable resource for family and school libraries. They provide a jumping-off point for further research and an invitation into the perennial game of "what would you have included on or excluded from this list." All of them are great fun to pick up and browse at random or read from cover to cover.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave this book to my dad as a gift. He is a geologist, so he enjoyed it!Published 20 months ago by Sallie Sells
This is a very nice book if you are a fan of materials and minerals. The title is misleading, since, technically, not all substances described in the book are real minerals. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joshua Christopher Bautista-Anguiano