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1967.   Wyllie, P.J. (Editor).  Ultramafic and Related Rocks John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 464 pp.

1971.   Wyllie, P.J.  The Dynamic Earth: a Textbook in Geosciences. John Wiley & Sons, N.Y., 416 pp.

1976.   Wyllie, P.J.  The Way the Earth Works: an Introduction to the New Global Geology and Its Revolutionary Development.  John Wiley & Sons, N.Y., 296 pp.

1993.   Wyllie, P.J.  Chairman of NRC/NAS Committee responsible for preparation of: "Solid-Earth Sciences and Society", National Academy Press, Washington, 346 pp.

1967-99.  Wyllie, P.J.  Editor-in-Chief, 22 volumes in Springer-Verlag monograph series "Minerals and Rocks".

Selections From Book Reviews

1967   P. J. Wyllie (Editor).  Ultramafic and Related Rocks.

1968.  Harry H. Hess.  "This book is an outstanding contribution to petrology. It is well-written, beautiful organized and nicely produced."

"I have nothing but praise for the author, Peter J. Wyllie, first for his concept of the book and second for his choice of authors. His introduction to each chapter gives a coherence to the book which the 41 more or less discordant articles themselves would not have produced. Wyllie's review at the end of the book nicely summarizes the major conclusions and the unsolved problems."

1968.  Robert M. Gates.  "The objectives of this book - to provide a modern summary of the nature of ultramafic and related rocks, their petrogenesis, and the various methods of studying them - have been achieved to a remarkable degree. A considerable part of the success must be credited to the Editor, Peter J. Wyllie, whose introductions and summaries tie the various chapters together and make reading exceptionally easy. His editorship sets this book clearly apart from others of this type and should establish a desirable precedent."

1971.  P. J. Wyllie.  The Dynamic Earth: Textbook in Geosciences.

1972.  John M. Bird.  "This book is written for graduate and senior undergraduate students.  However, anyone whose profession is geology/geophysics will benefit from reading it."

"This book is more than an historical review as intended by the author.  It is a major change of perspective of geology/geophysics, a change that significantly contributes to our understanding of the dynamic earth.  In short, this is a 'required reading' book."

Rhodes Fairbridge.   "A fantastic revolution in the earth sciences began about 1960. ....  A revolutionary new approach to study calls for a revolutionary new book, and this volume Peter Wyllie is now offering us".

"Peter Wyllie is possessed of a rare gift for getting right down to the intellectual nub of each problem, and either posing the unanswered questions or producing the conclusion like a shiny new coin, not as a magician, but as the outcome of a cool and sober train of argument."

1976.  P. J. Wyllie.  The Way the Earth Works:-

1976.  Charles L. Drake.   "In an earlier book, Wyllie demonstrated his ability to communicate recent findings in the geosciences to the advanced student.  Now he has shown that he is also capable of presenting this information in a clear and concise form to the beginning student or nonspecialist."

1976.  F. J. Vine.  "A lively and well-written text is made even more palatable by the inclusion of anecdotes and biographical details concerning some of the personalities involved."

"In general the clarity of the book demonstrates the author's experience in teaching non-scientists;  ....  All the diagrams in the book are new or have been redrawn, and typically simplified, from the originals in the research literature."

1993.  Solid-Earth Sciences and Society.  National Research Council; National Academy Press.  (P. J. Wyllie was Chairman of NRC/NAS Committee)

1993.  Gordon Eaton (Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, N.Y.).

"Prodigious contributions of time, energy, patience, and talent went into the long debates and deliberations that led to the creation of this volume, a volume that is without exact parallel in the long history of U.S. solid-Earth science."

"In effect, what has been published here for the first time in a highly comprehensive and remarkably ambitious way is a road map for the future of our science that should and will guide significant decisions concerning strategic planning for and funding in support of research, as well as long needed and overdue revisions of Earth-science curricula across the nation."

"The W. M. Keck Foundation, Peter J. Wyllie, the committee of more than thirty of our most respected colleagues, and the staff of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources who brought us to this point are to be thanked profusely.  We are clearly in their debt."

Book Chapter. 1974.  H. Sorensen (Editor).  The Alkaline Rocks.  Chapter VI.3, 459-474,  P. J. Wyllie.  Limestone Assimilation.   John Wiley & Sons.

1975.  C. E. Hedge.  "There are notable highlights, however, in sections V and VI.  Wyllie has an excellent chapter in which he firmly repudiates the limestone assimilation hypothesis."

1976.  S. A. Morse.   "There are notable and stunning exceptions to this chaos; surely the highlight of the book is the incisive essay by Wyllie on the limestone assimilation hypothesis, a historical review with a superb analysis of recent experimental data and field work.  In the course of laying the hypothesis to rest, an elegant lesson in the use of phase diagrams is presented."