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The Metallurgy of Iron and Steel


THIS small volume, which is written in a very interesting manner, gives the reader a clear idea of the developments made in the metallurgy of iron and steel in recent times. The work contains seven chapters, the first of which deals with the possibilities of an approaching exhaustion of the supplies of both iron ore and coal at some future date; the author, however, points out that, as regards coal, substitution may be arranged by employing the energies of waterfalls, tides, solar radiation, plant life, winds, and finally the enormous power contained in the atoms may some day be released for useful work. Reference is made to the anxiety of the German industrial leaders and others during the Great War of 1914–1918 for the retention of the iron-fields of Northern France, thereby indicating the value that was placed on the commercial prosperity due to iron and steel manufactures.

The Metallurgy of Iron and Steel.

Based mainly on the Work and Papers of Sir Robert A. Hadfield. Compiled by the Editor of Pitman's Technical Primers. (Pitman's Technical Primer Series.) Pp. xv + 122. (London: Sir I. Pitman and Sons, Ltd., 1922.) 2s. 6d. net.

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