When I first learned that the book by Peter Bayliss was to be published, my first reaction was “But the Mineralogical Association of Canada has just published a similar book, Glossary of Mineral Synonyms by Jeffrey de Fourestier. Do we need two such books?” This thought became the basis for this review, and I decided that it was impossible to review one book without comparing it closely with the other. In effect, this review became a review of both books.

I recently had a project in which I used both books to track down synonyms. This afforded an excellent, but...

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