RATHER more than four years ago an American metallurgist, in opening a discussion on the metallurgy of zinc, said wittily: “It is a time-honoured custom to throw bricks at the zinc man. The accusation is that he has borrowed a lime kiln and a gas retort and part of a sulphuric acid plant, hitched them together, and spent the last fifty years in regarding with holy veneration the reactions which take place in that retort. The copper man who thinks of zinc as something with which copper is adulterated to make brass, and the iron man who regards it as a sort of paint for corrugated sheets, and the lead man whose opinion as to zinc is not fit for publication, have long felt that when two or three of the minor details of their respective metal lurgies were put in order, they would take a few days and fix up zinc on a modern basis.”
The Zinc Industry.
By E. A. Smith. (“Monographs on Industrial Chemistry.”) Pp. viii + 223. (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1918.) Price 10s. 6d. net.
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C., H. The Zinc Industry . Nature 102, 101 (1918). https://doi.org/10.1038/102101a0