Most commonly it is thought of in relation to the gold coloured mineral pyrite and geochemist david rickard delves into the minerals role throughout human history in pyrite a natural history . Pyrite a natural history of fools gold by david rickard 356 rating details 9 ratings 3 reviews most people have heard of pyrite the brassy yellow mineral sometimes known as fools gold pyrite behaves like stone and shines like metal and its dual nature makes it a source of both metals and sulfur. In pyrite a natural history of fools gold geochemist and author david rickard blends basic science and historical narrative to describe the many unique ways pyrite makes appearances in our world he follows pyrite back through the medieval alchemists to the ancient arab chinese indian and classical worlds showing why the mineral was central to the development of these various ancient cultures. Most people have heard of pyrite the brassy yellow mineral commonly known as fools gold but despite being the most common sulfide on the earths surface pyrites bright crystals have attracted a noteworthy amount of attention from many different cultures and its nearly identical visual appearance to gold has led to tales of fraud trickery and claims of alchemy
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