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"I found this book to be well researched with reasoned and compelling arguments. Allwood and Cullen are to be congratulated. This is essential reading for both student and practitioner, particularly those in senior management positions. 10/10." "Materials World" (April 2012)"

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Julian Allwood is a Reader in Engineering at the University of Cambridge where he leads the Low Carbon Materials Processing research group and is a fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He worked for 10 years for the aluminium industry and currently holds an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship which funds the WellMet2050 project. He is joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials Processing Technology, a vice Chairman of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP) and is a lead author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Biography: Jonathan Cullen is a Research Associate in the Low Carbon Material Processing group at the University of Cambridge and a Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College. After five years as a Chemical Process Engineer in New Zealand he worked as a consultant and development engineer in Peru, before taking an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development and a PhD on the engineering fundamentals of energy efficiency in Cambridge.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean Swift on 18 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
Reading this, you feel you're on the trail of real information, real data, realistically evaluated, by people who genuinely know what they're talking about. There's no sense of being hoodwinked, bullied by an ideological argument, or given half-baked analysis. Full of fascinating detail. They tell you what they know, why they know it, and are clear about the uncertainties. It has a slight poppy edge, but that's just about all right, and doesn't detract from the sense that these are engineers dealing with a practical problem in a practical way (yes, they offer constructive solutions that don't require modern economies to be torn up). For that reason, some won't find it exciting enough. I'd disagree. It's a massively refreshing change from the crowd of shrill commentators.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Slavo on 2 April 2012
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Good view on manufacturing processes of transition from ie. raw metal ore to required specification of steel. its organic limitation and environmental impact in processing stages, very clear graphs. Excellent book to plant a seed of curiosity in engineering minded person.
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I bought this book when I found it listed on the reading list for a masters degree about sustainability. The cover makes it look like a sober academic text which was what I was looking for: this is not a technical book in any sense of the word. It is a dumbed down chatty narrative chock full of silly metaphors and references to tv shows. I found it impossible to read as I kept getting tripped up by the silliness of it.

The title is also misleading. It deals with five materials: steel, cement, paper, plastic and aluminum.

The way chapters are structured looks like the writers used the dummies guide to writing for dummies to make every chapter more "interesting". Rule one: start every chapter with a compelling example. Some examples:

Chpt 1 "Welcome to this edition of "The World's got Materials " and we'll go straight to the first round: name the first thing that comes …"
Chpt 4 "Let's imagine that you're reading this at the end of a warm day in early summer, sitting outside in your favorite chair …"
Chpt 5 " We're going clubbing, but let's have a drink first. See that small bottle with the cork stopper? Glug-glug-glug. ... "
Chpt 6 "" Good morning, I'd like and office block please", "Certainly Sir - would that be the 4-storey or the 7-storey?" ...

I am in no doubt that the writers put lots of effort into researching the book but I am at a complete loss as to who the audience is suppose to be. It seems to be aimed to grab the attention of characters from "Dumb and Dumber" who I doubt would be interested in the concepts.
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