Although titled an encyclopedia, this book is more like an introductory level textbook, written in a popular style. Indeed the organization is textbook-like, and definitely not like an encyclopedia. Norton explains that the model for this type of encyclopedia was provided by Aristotle.

This book is not a thorough description of the petrography of meteorites and impactites, such as provided by Dodd (1981), an essential volume now badly out of date. Nor is Norton’s book a thorough technical exploration of the study of meteorites (meteoritics) and the numerous theories regarding their parent planets and asteroids. Serviceable books by T.F....

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