Gunter Faure’s new book Origin of Igneous Rocks: The Isotopic Evidence represents the culmination of a lifetime’s work on radiogenic isotope systems. As one of the pioneers of radiogenic isotope geology in the early 1960s there are few, if any, better placed to write such a comprehensive book.

This book is much more ‘user friendly’ and accessible to the casual isotope user, who has not been initiated into ‘the craft’ of isotope geology, than Faure’s 1986 text book Principles of Isotope Geology. The present book is a long overdue synthesis and review of much of the literature relating to the...

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