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WWII, Mineralogy and Me: A memoir by F. Donald Bloss, $25
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Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry by F. Donald Bloss, $32
WWII, Mineralogy and Me: A memoir
F. Donald Bloss
i-xxvi + 322 pages. ISBN 978-0-939950-89-8; 0-939950-89-8.
F. Donald Bloss is a distinguished mineralogist and is the leading proponent of and scholar in the field of optical crystallography of minerals. He is one of only two individuals to hold the positions of President of the Mineralogical Society of America and Editor-in-Chief of American Mineralogist. He is also the eponym of the mineral blossite.
WWII, Mineralogy and Me: A Memoir begins with Don growing up poor in Chicago before and during the Depression, weaves through his service as a Conscientious Objector during WWII, and follows his academic career from his early school days through his role in helping to establish perhaps the preeminent department in the mineral sciences in the world at Virginia Tech. Don traces his life through those things important to him, including family, students, colleagues, and, above all, Louise, his wife. As in most lives, there are triumphs and heart-breaking tragedies. Don also provides a front-row seat to anyone who wishes to see the evolution of optical mineralogy over the past half century.
F. Donald Bloss
(Reprinted 1999) 239 pages. ISBN 0-939950-49-9.
An Introduction to the Methods of Optical Crystallography, by F. Donald Bloss, was first published in 1961. That edition still stands as a classic in the field. It is technically sound and the explanations are, for the most part, clear and understandable even to a typical sophomore-level geology major. The 1961 edition was reprinted, but not revised, in 1967, and for many years it remained a widely used textbook for undergraduate courses in optical mineralogy.
N.L. Bowen And Crystallization Differentiation: The Evolution Of A Theory
David A. Young
(1998) 276 pages. ISBN 0-939950-47-2.
Teaching Mineralogy (now Open Access)
John B. Brady, David W. Mogk and Dexter Perkins III, editors
(2011) i-viii + 406 pages. ISBN 978-0-939950-44-7.
This book is an outgrowth of a workshop on teaching mineralogy held at Smith College in June 1996 and sponsored by a grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation. Seventy participants, from diverse institutional settings and from all academic ranks, met to explore common interests in improving instruction in mineralogy. Within this volume you will find numerous exercises that can be applied in the teaching of mineralogy and related courses. There are hands-on, experimental, theoretical, and analytical exercises. All have been written with the hope of optimizing student learning. The exercises in this volume provide examples of innovative ways that mineralogy can be taught using a variety of materials and teaching techniques.
Crystal Structures Volume 1: Patterns And Symmetry (Out of Print)
Michael O'Keeffe and Bruce G. Hyde
(1996) 453 pages. ISBN 0-939950-40-5.
Metamorphic Phase Equilibria And Presure-Temperature-Time-Paths
Frank S. Spear
(reprinted 1995) 799 pages. ISBN 0-939950-34-0.
Now in its second printing, Metamorphic Phase Equilibria and Pressure-Temperature-Time Paths is a monograph on metamorphic petrology written by Frank S. Spear and published by the Mineralogical Society of America. The book introduces concepts at an introductory level, and provides development to a graduate student level, so that the book may be used (selectively) in a variety of courses.
Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry
F. Donald Bloss
Holt, Rinehart and Winston first published Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry: An Introduction, in 1971 and it is still in use after 46 years. Because of its popularity as an undergraduate text MSA reprinted it in 1994 as a paperback with minor revisions from the 1971 text.