'This volume, written by two of the leaders in the field, presents an authoritative, detailed and comprehensive review of the application of quantum mechanical calculations to the understanding of the physical and chemical properties of Earth materials. Quantum mechanical calculations of the properties of solids can, in principle, be exact but limitations in computational power force various approximations to be made. It is one of the outstanding features of the
text throughout this volume that these approximations are carefully and explicitly stated, and that the limitations and shortcomings of the results so obtained are critically examined. I would ... strongly recommend this book to anyone who has the need to assess the results of such calculations. It
should also be an essential reference work for those who perform such calculations.'
R.J. Angel, Geological Magazine, Volume 130, Part 6, 1993 'This text by Tossell and Vaughan is outstanding and timely. This book provides the first major introduction and review of such advanced geochemical methods and shows how they can be applied to mineralogy. For anybody interested in the way in which geochemistry will evolve in the 21st century, this book is essential reading. The authors are to be congratulated in producing a first-class contribution to literature.'
R.J. Price, Mineralogical Society, September 1993show more