This special publication of the Geological Society tells the history of meteorite collections, but is much more than its title suggests, including as it does much on the history of meteoritics itself.

The book opens with four papers on the nascent science of meteoritics, with Ursula Marvin giving a comprehensive overview of European science and how the study of stones from the sky emerged as a respectable scientific endeavour in the late 18th century. A major character in the inception of the science was the physicist Ernst Chladni, who was inspired by the happy coincidence of several widely witnessed...

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