Mineralogists and geologists in the academic realm are all too aware of the fundamental changes in the teaching of mineralogy and economic geology that have taken place over the past three decades. Shrinkage, compaction, and outright dumbing down have been the order of the day. On the other hand, whereas once one mineralogy covered all, we now have several: classical mineralogy (including crystallography and optical), environmental mineralogy, planetary mineralogy and, to judge by the title of the book here under review, industrial mineralogy. Is this really a new mineralogy? No, it is not. Luke Chang’s Industrial Mineralogy (subtitled “Materials, processes,...

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