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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (23 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199682844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199682843
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 11.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

David Vaughan is Research Professor of Mineralogy at the University of Manchester and Founding Director of the Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science at that University. He has held a Chair at Manchester since 1988. Professor Vaughan was educated at the Universities of London (BSc, MSc) and Oxford (DPhil, DSc). He has published more than 250 articles and a dozen books on topics in mineralogy and geochemistry. Awards he has received include the Schlumberger Medal of the Mineralogical Society (GB) and the Geochemistry Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is currently the President of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) and is the only scientist to have served as President of the MSA, of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and of the European Mineralogical Union. In 1989, the mineral vaughanite, from a gold mine in Ontario, was named in his honour by Canadian scientists.


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I am afraid other reviewers underestimate the scientific complexity here. There are numerous diagrams of chemical structures and quite a few formulas, and the discussion does assume that you have a good deal more than basic chemistry. I couldn't make anything of a great deal of this book. It is not for the general reader. I should think it would be fine for a science student, and the author is clearly a distinguished scholar in the field.
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This is a classic example of the VSI series of books as it provides a very informative general introduction to the subject of minerals without recourse to academic complexities, although knowledge of basic chemistry and the periodic table will assist in understanding some aspects of mineral formation. The book addresses not only mineral characteristics, but also the geology of the earth and how various tectonic and environmental processes create the 4000 plus minerals known to man. The sections dealing with the crystalline structure of minerals is particularly interesting, as is the chapter outlining how these natural resources have been utilized over time.

For anybody with an interest in earth sciences or those considering the serious study of geology, mineralogy, or crystallography, this book is an ideal modestly-priced primer. Like most of the science related VSI books I have read to date, ‘Minerals’ deserves a five star rating.
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A great up to date and broad introduction to the subject, yet short and concise enough to interest my student son.
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