A.W. WARRICK (ed.) CRC Press LLC, 2000 N.W. Corporate Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431. 2002. 389 pp. $89.95. ISBN 0-8493-0837-2.

Soil physics is a very complex discipline of rapidly increasing importance on a planet stressed by humans, who are obligate feeders on the riches of soil. So, one expects a “Soil Physics Companion” to reflect both this complexity and criticality. This book certainly succeeds in demonstrating complexity. However, regarding criticality, I cannot agree that it meets its claim to address “the most significant topics of contemporary soil physics,” since it omits several key topics, including the key physical processes that...

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