Bibliographic references


Metals in the service of man

Resource verified by SHCG editorial group

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 978-0140148893


This survey describes the essential part played in our lives at home and in industry and civilization, by metals as common as iron and as rare as praseodymium. The distribution of metals is discussed, with an analysis of the Earth's crust and descriptions of the mining and smelting of metallic ores and of the blending of metals to form alloys. Later chapters look at the properties and uses of all the major and minor metals, the use of metals in nuclear energy, the shaping of metals for tasks as varied as the making of a needle and a high-pressure gas cylinder, the casting of a bronze statue and a large marine propeller, and the latest methods of steel-making. The 10th edition includes a chapter on the competitors of metals such as timber, plastics, and carbon fibres, and new sections on coinage, conservation of materials and energy, the revolutionary impact of the silicon chip, space travel, lasers, superconductors and new projects such as the Channel Tunnel. This book has been updated and expanded to coincide with the book's 15th anniversary.


metals dec2015

SHIC codes:



Add your comments

Please comment on this resource to enhance its information, or to advise how you’ve used it, how useful it is, or what’s particularly good about it.

This is to prevent spam.