568 pages, 221 b/w illus, 36 tabs
This book provides a complete background to cosmochemical processes and discoveries, enabling students outside geochemistry to understand and explore the Solar System's composition.
'A comprehensive treatment of the field of Cosmochemistry has been lacking and is long overdue. Hap McSween and Gary Huss have written a thorough and thoroughly enjoyable book that fills this gap. A really comprehensive, highly readable and overall first rate book. I highly recommend it to any scientist with interests in the chemistry and origins of solar systems. There is no doubt that I will adopt it for my own graduate course.' Scott M. McLennan, State University of New York, Stony Brook 'This new book by Hap McSween and Gary Huss, two highly acclaimed scientists in the field, takes on the difficult task of making the observations and core concepts of cosmochemistry clearly understandable to a non-specialized audience. The scope is broad, the pace pleasant, so this book will certainly be a very useful reference for introductory classes on the origin of the Solar System.' Francis Albarede, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon 'This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the modern field of cosmochemistry. A diverse range of topics ... are covered in a logical and coherent manner. ... This book should be considered indispensable for any student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences. It also serves as an essential reference for any researcher interested in planetary materials and the origins of planetary systems.' Dante S. Lauretta, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson
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