A good book is a reviewer’s delight, and this fine text, Optical Crystallography, is a splendid example. It is also the third optical text that I’ve reviewed in the last decade, and by far it is the best of the triad. This should come as no surprise because its author, Prof. Bloss, is the Dean of optical mineralogy, the Galahad of the subject, having tilled the fertile field for forty years. His An Introduction to the Methods of Optical Crystalography, published in 1961, offered a ground-breaking approach in a student-friendly format that quickly rendered irrelevant other, more opaque...

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