On the Hardening and Tempering of Steel1


    I. THE fact that the British Association meets this year at Newcastle no doubt suggested to the Council that it would be well to provide, for the first time since 1848, a lecture on a metallurgical subject. In that year a discourse was delivered at Swansea by Dr. Percy, one of the most learned metallurgists of our time, who has recently passed away, after having almost created an English literature of metallurgy by the publication of his well-known treatises, without which it would have been comparatively barren. It was to him that the country turned in 1851 when it became evident that our metallurgists must receive scientific training.

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    On the Hardening and Tempering of Steel1. Nature 41, 11–16 (1889). https://doi.org/10.1038/041011b0

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