In his preface, Prof. Winter tells us that “This is designed for use in advanced undergraduate or early graduate courses in igneous and metamorphic petrology” (p. xvii). It is indeed a fine text but, as I shall show, it is not for quite such a broad audience.

An Introduction to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology opens with a particularly lucid preface. The lengthy text that follows is divided into two parts: I. Igneous Petrology (20 chapters, 406 pages), and II. Metamorphic Petrology (10 chapters, 225 pages). The volume concludes with an 8-page appendix on the CIPW norm (the table of contents...

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