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ISBN-13: 978-1902653792 ISBN-10: 1902653793 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Maney Publishing; 2nd edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902653793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902653792
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. D ONEIL on March 16, 2012
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Yes, it is a book about metals, that's absolutely right. If you are looking for a book about social history, or some other aspect of technological history then you should look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you'd like to know about the history of metals, a lot about it, then this is what you want. In other words, it is exactly what the title says, and it's the best.

Tylecote (1916-1991) was an engineering scientist who specialized in welding technology (a hot subject then -- and now for that matter). He was quite prominent and successful in the field.

He became interested in ancient metallurgy and the history of metallurgy in his late 20s. He did a lot of archaeology, excavating old metal-works, and wrote many articles. This book is essentially a summary of everything that had been learned up through the 1980s.

He starts in the Neolithic period and works his way up to 1950. The book is full of specifics, with detailed references. It is heavier on Europe and the Middle East than on Asia or Africa, simply because there has been a lot more archaeology in Europe and the Middle East. Most of the claims people make regarding Chinese metallurgy are based in literary sources that do not provide a lot of hard specifics of the kind Tylecote deals in. There are many photos and drawings to illustrate processes and objects.

I'm glad to see it back in print. It would be nice if someone were to update it to incorporate what has been learned in the past two decades, but I do not know who would do that. In the meantime this is the book if what you really want is a solid, factual history of metals.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 14, 2013
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This book is a history of men's use of metals. The book begins with metals and ores used during the Neolithic, and proceeds down to a chapter on modern metalworking. In general, the author's focus is on the composition of the metals (i.e. other metals purposely or accidentally alloyed in), and on the techniques of smelting, etc. As such, this book discusses the metals themselves in depth, but contains very little information on the societies' development and use of them.
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