Metals in the Service of Man 5th Edition
By - William Alexander & Arthur Street
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This is an excellent text for those wishing to fully understand metal technology.
The authors have left no stone unturned has written it with an excellent background to his craft. A must read for anyone wanting to make their own alloys.
This text describes the essential part played in our lives at home and in industry and civilization, by metals as common as iron and as rare as praseodymium. The distribution of metals is discussed, with an analysis of the Earth's crust and descriptions of the mining and smelting of metallic ores and of the blending of metals to form alloys. Later chapters look at the properties and uses of all the major and minor metals, the use of metals in nuclear energy, the shaping of metals for tasks as varied as the making of a needle and a high-pressure gas cylinder, the casting of a bronze statue and a large marine propeller, and the latest methods of steel-making.