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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The Natural History Museum (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0565092391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0565092399
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 7 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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The book is a collaboration by experts at the Natural History Museum, London. Dr Caroline Smith is the Curator of Meteorites in the Mineralogy Department. Dr Sara Russell is the Head of Meteoritics and Cosmic Mineralogy in the Mineralogy Department. Dr Gretchen Benedix works as a researcher in the Mineralogy Department.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Taylor on 10 April 2010
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In terms of clarity, relevance of information and being a pleasure to read I cannot imagine a superior book of this length on the subject! It is packed with facts and photos and as a result I read it in a day. Yes, I would have enjoyed a longer book, but I think the authors have decided to keep it brief for the sake of being accessible to a wider audience.

As a comparison, the more expensive Zanda and Rotatu book on meteorites and impacts was quite similar in content. However I thought the Natural History Museum book excelled at using information gleaned from meteorite finds to shed light on the conditions of the solar system that ultimately led to our own existence.

If you enjoyed the superb BBC series 'Wonders of the Solar System' by Brian Cox, I
think you would also enjoy this product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cimmie on 6 Jan. 2011
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I bought 'Meteorites' for my huisband as a Christmas present. We had heard the author give a lecture on the subject. It was clear, concise and easy to understand - and the book was not a disappointment, as her writing style is equally informative and intelligent, whilst not blinding the reader with unnecessary science. An excellent introduction to the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jason on 25 Nov. 2012
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I am fairly new to meteorites, so i wanted to know a bit more about them and what i was buying. This book does that for beginners i recommend this book for beginners only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. T. Thurgood on 1 July 2011
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It had very good reviews , but I found it a bit basic just an overview of the different types but not going in any depth
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