While I own several hundred books specifically on meteorites, there are only a few that I keep on my desk within arm’s length. Bob Dodd’s Meteorites: A Petrologic–Chemical Synthesis has always been one of these. Meteorite names are an alphabet soup and even meteorite researchers occasionally need help remembering what distinguishes a CO from an R chondrite or a winonaite from an acapulcoite. Dodd’s book was a superb reference for this purpose, but lacked details of many new groups of meteorites discovered since its 1981 publication. It was with much anticipation that I learned that Robert Hutchison, the retired curator...

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