The world's output of metals during the period of 1863-1963 was greater than in all the previous years of man's history. In the nineteenth century the only metals available to industry were cast and wrought iron and a few non-ferrous metals and their alloys; by the latter part of the twentieth century, steel and aluminum dominated the world, and metals that were mere laboratory curiosities provided the basis for the technology of nuclear energy and space travel. This book records the extraordinary history of metallurgical progress, in which metal art was replaced by metal science. The book begins with an introductory chapter that surveys the entire field to be covered and follows with eight chapters each dealing with progress in one of the major branches of the metallurgical industry: ore dressing, pyrometallurgy, iron and steel, the major non-ferrous metals, new metals (such as uranium, germanium and cobalt), precious metals, the shaping of metals, and metallography. The book reviews developments in all countries, but American practice which led the world is given special prominence. A glossary of metallurgical terms and full name and subject indexes are included. This classic work is a basic reference as well as an absorbing history of an important aspect of mans technological progress. W. H. Dennis is a graduate of the University of London and was a member of the British Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He is the author of numerous books, including Metallurgy of the Non-Ferrous Metals, Metallurgy of the Ferrous Metals, and Metals in the Service of Man.
Die Hüttenkunde ist die Kenntnis von der Gewinnung der Metalle in großem Maßstabe. Die Körper, aus welchen die Metalle gewonnen werden, sind ent weder chemische Verbindungen der letzteren oder Gemenge von Metallen mit anderen Körpern. Die metallhaItigen Körper finden sich entweder in der Natur als ""Erze"", oder sie sind aus den Erzen ""künstlich"" hergestellt. Die Anstalten, in welchen die Metalle in großem Maßstabe gewonnen werden, nennt man ""Hütten"" oder ""Hüttenwerke"". Die Verarbeitung der metalIhaItigen Körper auf Hüttenwerken nennt man die ""Zugutemachun g"" oder"" Ver h ü ttung"" de.
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