The Principles and Practice of Coal Mining


    UNTIL the year 1866, when Sir Warington Smyth wrote, for Weale's excellent series of rudimentary handbooks, his little book on coal-mining, the art of mining was in the trammels of empiricism; but since that date progress has been rapid. Indeed, the tendency of the times is now towards a higher standard in mining as in all branches of technical education. Greater efficiency is consequently now demanded of candidates for the Board of Education examination in the principles of mining, and for the examinations for certificates as colliery managers and under-managers. In order to meet these conditions there has been of recent years a steady output of new elementary mining text-books. Many of these are excellent, but not one of them is presented in so attractive a form as the latest addition to the list by Mr. James Tonge. Well printed, tastefully bound, and copiously illustrated, it gives in concise form an accurate view of the subject of coal-mining, together with such information regarding collateral science as is essential for the elementary student.

    The Principles and Practice of Coal Mining.

    By James Tonge. Pp. viii + 363. Illustrated. (London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1906.) Price 5s. net.

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    The Principles and Practice of Coal Mining . Nature 75, 364–365 (1907) doi:10.1038/075364a0

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