Robert Lauf has published a welcome addition to the literature on the minerals of uranium and thorium. Its publication is warmly applauded by Peter C. Burns in his Foreword. In fact, Peter's research on the structural aspects of uranium oxysalts has clearly inspired Dr. Lauf to include illustrations of the crystal structures of 130 minerals. The book is dedicated to Clifford Frondel (1907–2002), long associated with Harvard University as Curator of the Mineralogical Museum and Professor of Mineralogy.

The book was written to help collectors wanting a better understanding of specimens in their collection, graduate students taking a graduate-level course...

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