The Crystallisation of Iron and Steel An Introduction to the Study of Metallography


THAT the students of the problems of metallography, particularly in the present unsettled state of affairs, should have for guides only those who have done some considerable amount of active work in the science will be readily acknowledged. A certain amount of familiarity with the metals themselves, their history and behaviour, is also necessary before the subject can be made to live. Reading through the present work convinces one that it is written by an onlooker, and the illustrations entirely support this view of the text. The presentation is without bias, and each theory and method is described and examined as clearly and fairly as the author's evident lack of practical acquaintance with the subject as a whole will permit. For anyone wishing to get an idea of what has been done and desiring a general survey of the scope of metallography, its theoretical aspect, and the problems it endeavours to solve, the book will serve fairly well. For the worker actually in the field, striving to progress in the science, to apply it to his own practical work with metals, and perhaps to endeavour by its aid to solve some of the difficulties that are ever confronting the metallurgist, it cannot honestly be recommended, as to such it will give but little light.

The Crystallisation of Iron and Steel. An Introduction to the Study of Metallography.

By Dr. J. W. Mellor. Pp. x + 144. (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1905.) Price 5s. net.

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McWILLIAM, A. The Crystallisation of Iron and Steel An Introduction to the Study of Metallography . Nature 72, 532–533 (1905) doi:10.1038/072532a0

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