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Outlines of Mineralogy for Geological Students

Nature volume 92, page 475 (25 December 1913) | Download Citation



As its name implies, this book is “primarily intended for those who are interested in geology, and find themselves in need of an introduction to the classificatory details of the larger works of reference.” Within the limits of 330 pages of fairly large type Prof. Cole has produced a textbook which, so far as it goes, is trustworthy, interestingly expressed, and based upon the now firmly consolidated modern ideas of crystal structure and symmetry. It has the further recommendation that it indicates, by footnote references, those larger works or original memoirs from which further detailed information may be obtained as regards both theoretical elaborations and experimental processes and measurements. Moreover, the greater number of these references are to works of very recent date, and it is obvious that the author has followed the rapid recent developments of the crystallographical part of his subject with care and keenness. Hence this book will form a safe and inspiring guide to students embarking on the study of mineralogy for the purpose of eventually utilising their knowledge in the field; and although such an object is not specifically indicated by the author, the use of the book can scarcely fail to produce the good effect of interesting the would-be mining engineer in the pure science of the subject, and possibly of inspiring some original work.

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