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Nonferrous Materials Heritage of Mankind

Srinivasan, S and Ranganathan, S (2006) Nonferrous Materials Heritage of Mankind. In: Transactions of The Indian Institute of Metals, 59 (6). pp. 829-846.

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The symbiotic relationship between materials and civilization has been receiving increasing attention in recent years. In this article a brief history of the nonferrous metals in antiquity is narrated. The metals include gold, copper, silver, lead, tin, mercury and tin. A few alloys of antiquity, in particular electrum, tumbaga, arsenical and tin bronzes, are also described. Further silk and diamond have been added in view of the prominence they have enjoyed since antiquity. The historical development of these materials is viewed against the geographic landscape of continental Africa, Asia, Europe and America. The transition from the predominant use of one material to that of another material is discussed from technical and socio-cultural perspectives. The anticipation of modern science in ancient metallurgical practice is a recurrent theme.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Transactions of The Indian Institute of Metals
Publisher: Indian Institute of Metals
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Institute of Metals.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2011 11:09
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/15300

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