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Dictionary of Metals

2012 Edition, January 1, 2012

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05359G *ISBN: 9781615039784
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  • Revision: 2012 Edition, January 1, 2012
  • Published Date: January 2012
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: ASM International (ASM)
  • Page Count: 371
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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The story of metals is undeniably entwined with the history of humanity, as evidenced by the division of the ages by the well-known Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and what some have called the Steel Age and the Stainless Steel Age. Metals, more than any other material, have had the greatest influence on the development of civilization from prehistoric times.

Metals were used for horseshoes, tools, knives, cook pots, cups and plates, nails, chains, cannon balls, and coins. That was when metals were made in small enough crucibles so that one or two men could lift them for casting. In the middle of the 19th century, Henry Bessemer showed how to make steel by the ton so that a long piece of metal could be made into a pipe, sheet, wire, or beam, leading eventually to the manufacture of machinery, ships, refineries, power plants, skyscrapers, and airplanes.

Every metal has its own exciting story that tells of its unique properties, the obstacles encountered in producing it, and its advantages and special uses. Metals are all around us and, for the most part, are taken for granted. But what would we do without that tiny amount of silicon in every computer chip produced, or the stainless steel in the utensils on our kitchen tables?

The Dictionary of Metals includes descriptions of metals and terms relating to metals. It also includes a considerable amount of the history, starting with the seven metals of antiquity. Each of the 73 metallic elements has a discussion that includes the discoverer and date, the naming of the metal and its meaning, major applications, and the significance of discovery. Charts show their physical properties. An appendix includes a timeline of important events in the history of metals and metallurgy.