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Re: soil science books

Subject: Re: soil science books
From: Julian Morris
Date: Dec 06 2015 20:05:58
I can give a critique of it. I studied soils in quite a lot of depth at 
undergradaute level from the perspectives of both geology and geography, but 
when I started formal arboricultural training I looked at the subject afresh. 
This book was on the AA Tech list, but after a while I became pretty 
disillusioned with a somewhat pseudoscientific flavour in it, it sounds very 
scientific but at second glance it becomes apparent that it lacks that crisp 
precision of language that science demands and I found a few instances of it 
being of questionable veracity. Instead it seemed to me to try to be one 
notch above the succesful 'popular science' approach but failing to add 
anything, only losing at the expense of science. Possibly due to the sleep 
deprivation that comes of trying to study for exams while doing a full time 
job and having a screaming infant in the house, I found the book such hard 
work that I decided (and being a stereotypically mean scot that had spent 
perhaps a whole £10 on the book, it wasn't an easy decision) to abandon it 
completely. I got instead Fitzpatrick's 'Soil Science' and immediately found 
myself understanding and trusting the text and content to absorb its lore.

Maybe it was just me at that stage in my studies, but I thought 'Essential 
Soil Science' was not as good as it made out to be but much more worryingly 
was presenting the science of its subject in an unhelpfully ambiguous way. 
For students who don't want to have to unlearn stuff later on, this could be 
a problem. 

Tell you what, anyone that has read what I have to say about it still but 
wants a copy, I will send them mine, free. Just email me. I could be wrong, 
and occasionally am.     

Julian A. Morris
Professional Tree Services
jamtrees.co.uk
highhedgesscotland.com
0141 XXX XXXX - 0778 XXX XXXX


Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2015 at 1:29 PM
From: "andersonarb@xxxx.com" <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
To: "UK Tree Care" <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Re: soil science books

You could try "Essential Soil Science" A clear and concise introduction to 
soil science. (It says on the cover.) Ashman and Puri, Blackwell Publishing
I can't give you a critique of it because I haven't actually read it; it's 
one of those that I'll get round to eventually, or when a job comes up 
where I need to read something to understand what someone else is talking 
about. Suffice to say my knowledge on these matters is weak.


Bill.



-----Original Message-----
From: will ross <willross583@xxxxxxxxxxx.com>
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Sent: Sun, 6 Dec 2015 12:12
Subject: soil science books


Afternoon all,
                              Has anyone got suggestions for books on 
general soil science suitable for Arbs , I have the FC field guide and one 
or two other guides but would like something in greater detail

Many thanks as ever

Will




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