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Mind Over Magma: The Story of Igneous Petrology

By: Davis A Young

686 pages, B/w illus

Princeton University Press

Hardback | Aug 2003 | #142915 | ISBN: 0691102791
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Chronicles the scientific effort to unravel the mysteries of rocks that solidified on or beneath the Earth's surface from the molten material known as magma. The author is a distinguished igneous petrologist who is aware that many geological questions await definitive answers.

Wherever you turn, there is something of interest in this exquisitely researched text... Mind over Magma is a landmark publication. Any petrologist who chooses not to read this book will be doing themselves, and their students, a great disservice. -- Nick Petford Times Higher Education Supplement Young's account is so well organized and written that, at least for a petrologist, it is a real page-turner. -- Donald H. Lindsley Science Scholarly, well written, appropriately illustrated, and well constructed. Choice A fascinating treatise of how igneous petrology has evolved, from description to process, from painstaking detail to the big picture, shaped throughout by advances in analytical technology... [I]t is a fitting time to have its past documented in a scholarly and highly readable volume. -- Chris Hawkesworth Geoscientist This is such a big and rich book, a grand and meticulous tour of more than two hundred years of igneous petrology, that it is difficult to compress it for a review... Igneous petrologists and students thereof should read Mind over Magma both for the intrinsic value of its story and in order to avoid reinventing some petrological wheel. Historians of science, particularly of geology, will appreciate it as an exemplar of their craft. -- Sally Newcomb Isis Mind over Magma is strongly recommended to the professional petrologist and any scientifically literate person who wants an introduction to petrology... [A] few selected readings also would be a fine accompaniment to an undergraduate course in petrology. -- Nicholas Heavens Journal of Geology Mind over Magma is well worth dipping into. It is a fund of information, scholarly written and is ... up to date... It is the best that is available. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association On more than 600 pages the author traces the history of the study of igneous rocks. In doing so, he does not trace the chronology of events but pursues the development of certain ideas or evaluates the impact of new techniques... [T]he author succeeds to show, that many controversies, the solution of which appears very evident from our current point of knowledge, were rooted in the then available understanding of igneous petrology, i.e. even the proponents of ideas that were finally shown to be false, had good arguments... I can only recommend: buy now! -- Dr. Ulrich Knittel

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Davis A. Young is Professor of Geology at Calvin College and the author of several books, including "N. L. Bowen and Crystallization-Differentiation: The Evolution of a Theory".

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