Meteorites

Caroline Smith, Sara Russell and Gretchen Benedix

In Meteorites, leading experts from the Natural History Museum provide a compelling and up-to-date introduction to these mysterious objects.

ISBN:
978 0 565 09239 9
Format:
Paperback
Price:
£9.99
Published:
September 2009
Size:
253 x 192 mm
Extent:
112 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

Meteorites are rocks from space that have fallen to the Earth’s surface. Once considered bad omens, they are now recognised as giving us a unique insight into the nature of material that was present at the formation of the solar system. In Meteorites, leading experts from the Natural History Museum provide a compelling introduction to these mysterious objects. 

Drawing on the latest information from key meteorite falls, it explains what meteorites are, where they come from and what they can tell us about our solar system and the planets, moons, asteroids and comets it contains, including Earth. It is written in an easy-to-follow, jargon-free style, making it accessible to all, and is illustrated throughout with a mix of photographs, diagrams and maps.

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Authors

The book is a collaboration by experts at the Natural History Museum. 

Dr Caroline Smith is the Curator of Meteorites in the Mineralogy Department. 

Dr Sara Russell is the Head of Meteoritics and Cosmic Mineralogy in the Mineralogy Department.

Dr Gretchen Benedix works as a researcher in the same department.

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"This new book from the Natural History Museum does a great job of introducing the science of meteoritics…this is accompanied by a wonderful selection of vivid imagery…the authors do well to cover so much ground in such a thin volume and manage to skilfully capture the fascination that the subject inspires."

Sky at Night magazine

"Meteorites provides a jargon-free introduction to these Rosetta stones of the Solar System...the book has a really modern feel to it; it is well illustrated with clear diagrams and plentiful crisp photographs of real meteorites that bring to life what is being said in the text...this book makes an excellent introductory text for someone who has no prior knowledge of meteorites and is looking for a basic grounding in the subject."

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