In today's market there are a plethora of ‘coffee-table style’ mineralogy books, written with the mineral collector enthusiast in mind, copiously illustrated with glossy images but, with little detailed science behind them. Equally there are many larger, and more detailed, mineralogical textbooks written for students, but frequently presented in a very technical and overbearing way, and quite highly priced.

Introducing Mineralogy, describes itself as aimed at students embarking on courses in mineralogy and the amateur collector. This book will certainly appeal to the former audience, but it might not be so well received by enthusiasts who simply want an...

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