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Metals in the Service of Man (Penguin Science) Paperback – 1999


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; 10Rev Ed edition (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140148892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140148893
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This survey 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. The 10th edition includes a chapter on the competitors of metals such as timber, plastics, and carbon fibres, and new sections on coinage, conservation of materials and energy, the revolutionary impact of the silicon chip, space travel, lasers, superconductors and new projects such as the Channel Tunnel. This book has been updated and expanded to coincide with the book's 15th anniversary.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce T. Collinson on 7 Jan 2010
If you have any trace of the Anorak gene, or if you have read either of J R Gordon's excellent books on structures and materials, this is beautifully complimentary. Ever wondered what turns iron into steel, what makes it stainless, why some steels simply will not hold an edge, why aluminium is expensive, what goes into aluminium alloy?
All is revealed here. Just like Gordon, Street and Alexander have a very easy style so a completely non-scientist like me can digest it and enjoy it. It can be as technical as any layman needs or as simple as he wants.
Probably, the two big downsides are that it's been out of print for some time (goodness knows why, I wish I'd read it as a student of coarse surveying) and it will never be sold or given away because it becomes one of those books which can be re-read at regular intervals and there's always something else to learn. Or is it memory loss? I can't remember....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By holly on 20 Nov 2010
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I brought this for my dad , he says that it is an excellent book for anyone wishing to learn about how metals are produced and metals uses.
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A Classic 19 Sep 2011
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Fifty years ago when i started my training it was a near standard basic text for engineering training. Updated it is still a great addition in materials.
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Wish it was in print.... 25 Oct 2011
By B. Sternlieb - Published on Amazon.com
This book was a fascinating read; both the content and the writing were top notch. Sadly, I lost my copy, and am now waiting for a reprinting. If you're lucky enough to run into a copy, snap it up!
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