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[Book Reviews]


THIS volume is mainly a compilation based upon the late H. St. Claire Deville's treatise published in 1858, and the newer work by Dr. Mierzinski in Hartleben's “Chemisch-Technische Bibliothek,” which appeared in 1883. As no special work on aluminium had previously appeared in English, we agree with the author that no apology is necessary in presenting it. The subject has been systematically treated both from the scientific and technical points of view, and as regards the latter the information has been brought up to date by including notices of Webster's improvements in the Deville process, Messrs. Cowles Brothers' electrolytic method of producing aluminium alloys, and the Castner process of reducing sodium from caustic soda at a low temperature, which, in conjunction with Webster's processes, seems likely to render the production of cheap aluminium commercially possible.

Aluminium: its History, Occurrence, Properties, Metallurgy, and Applications, including its Alloys.

By Joseph W. Richards. 12mo, pp. 346 (Philadelphia: Band. London: Sampson Low and Co. 1887.)

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[Book Reviews]. Nature 36, 292–293 (1887).

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