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The Metallurgy of Gold


DURING most of the period covered by known history, gold has occupied a special position in the thoughts and affairs of men. It has been responsible for explorations, migrations, wars and conquests, and it was in efforts to obtain it by transmutation that the science of chemistry had its origin. Recent developments in civilization have been such as to require the use of increasing quantities of iron and steel, copper, aluminium and certain other metals, which have become increasingly important through their numerous applications at the same time as gold has tended to disappear into deposit vaults. Nevertheless, the position of gold is still unique, and the quest for it is scarcely less eager than in the past.

The Metallurgy of Gold

By Sir Thomas Kirke Rose W. A. C. Newman. (Griffin's Scientific Text-Books.) Seventh edition, revised throughout and re-set. Pp. xiii + 561. (London: Charles Griffin and Co., Ltd., 1937.) 36s. net.

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R., J. The Metallurgy of Gold. Nature 140, 258–259 (1937).

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