The ‘Handbook’ is a monumental undertaking edited by three prominent scientists. On a five-star basis it ranks 4.5 and deserves to be on the bookshelf of every clay (materials) scientist. Hopefully, a paperback edition will soon follow that will make the book more affordable for students.

According to the publisher’s information, the book "assembles the vast literature on the diverse aspects that make up the discipline of clay science. The topics covered range from the fundamental structures and properties of clays and clay minerals, through environmental, health and industrial applications, to analysis and characterization by modern instrumental techniques. There are...

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