Eric Chaline is a journalist and writer. He is the author of Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History, as well as numerous titles on philosophy and history. He lives in the UK, where he is conducting doctoral research in sociology at South Bank University, London.
Believe me, once you start mining this book, you'll have no trouble digging out nuggets of fascinating information!--Jan Johnston"The Columbian (Vancouver, WA)" (12/09/2012) Interesting, affordable and readable.... Offers the reader an opportunity to delve further into each mineral's historical significance in an accessible way.-- (10/15/2012) The brief sections are consistently interesting, and plenty of supplemental illustrations and photos make this a handsome volume...best-suited to curious kids and casual mineralogists.-- (07/01/2012) This is a beautiful book, nicely bound and richly illustrated... written in an easy to read, casual style. It may be of interest to middle or high school students, or their teachers who are looking for some historical background on these minerals. It is also suitable for the layperson.-- (05/01/2013) Gives a fascinating perspective on the scope of human development.--Foreword Reviews (09/20/2012) This series...has hit the nail on the head again.-- (12/08/2012)