A short introduction to Percy's Metallurgy
Volume I-IV (1861-1880)
We reprinted the magnificent series of these textbooks in facsimile in the early 1990s. Volumes I, II and IV have long been sold out, a number of copies of Volume III still remains (in the paperback edition). We prepared this little booklet at the start of this reprint project. It gives a short appraisal of John Percy (1817-1889) and his importance in the scientific development of modern metallurgy. His influence in this field can not be over-emphasized. Both he and many of his students at the Royal School of Mines became icons of the British metalliferous industry of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Percy started teaching in 1851. In 1879 he resigned his post at the Royal School of Mines. As so often happens in the case of brilliant teachers, he became dissatisfied with developments in teaching. He explained his reasons for resigning in great detail and at great length in letters to the Mining Journal and The Times. The letter to the Mining Journal is reproduced in this booklet, a human document, a full six pages, shedding light on his beliefs and views and on his person.
omvang - 12 pp - 1 illus
afmetingen - A5
uitvoering - paperback
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