The two qualified authors of this attractive, spiral-bound handbook have attempted to expand a previous publication and, simultaneously, to translate “science into English” (p.1). Novices are presented with a number of instructive presentations in both narrative and illustrative formats. Some chapters (e.g., Chapter 7) are succinct, accurate and especially helpful to a beginner. Some appendices and references provide the reader with ready information and means of learning more about specific subjects. The index appears complete and accurate. The illustrations and the paper on which they are printed are of high quality. Unfortunately, the authors have only partly succeeded in meeting their two objectives. I hope the next version of the work will address the issues cited below.
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