"This History of Metals in America" Chronicles Evolution of Metals

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A new book from ASM International, "History of Metals in America," details over 300 years of metals and metallurgy in the U.S. Written by Charles (Bob) R. Simcoe and edited by Frances Richards, the book takes readers on a fascinating journey through the evolution of metals and metallurgy from the beginning of iron production in colonial times to the prevailing metals of the 21st century.

A new book from ASM International details over 300 years of metals and metallurgy in the U.S.

The "History of Metals in America" by Charles (Bob) R. Simcoe and edited by Frances Richards takes readers on a fascinating journey through the evolution of metals and metallurgy from the beginning of

Bob originally contacted me just before his 90th birthday to propose the series. His energy and enthusiasm helped carry his 40-part series and book project through to completion, just before he he passed away.

The "History of Metals in America" explores the progression of metals as both an industrial activity and a science. Advancements in structural metals made possible the air, land, sea, and space travel of today, skyscrapers reaching over 100 stories high, and many other engineering accomplishments that continue to shape modern society.

Each chapter describes the development of a metal or series of metal alloys, industry growth, and modern uses in manufacturing. Coverage includes the science of metals including the biographies of the pioneers of metals research. The final chapters cover the formation, growth, and decline of the integrated steel industry and the rise of a new industry in steel minimills.

The "History of Metals in America" appeals to readers in all sectors of the materials industry, students, and faculty of American history and engineering programs, and anyone interested in the history of technology, travel, tools, and machinery in the U.S.

Author Charles R. Simcoe wrote more than 40 articles for ASM International’s Advanced Materials & Processes magazine, including a monthly series entitled “Metallurgy Lane,” which became the basis for this book.

“Working with Bob on the ‘Metallurgy Lane’ series and then on this historical book was an amazing journey. Bob originally contacted me just before his 90th birthday to propose the series. His energy and enthusiasm helped carry his 40-part series and book project through to completion, just before he passed away. For anyone with interest in either metallurgy or American industry, this book is a must-read. Bob’s passion for American history is truly contagious,” says Frances Richards, editor-in-chief of ASM’s Advanced Materials & Processes magazine.

The "History of Metals in America" ($99.00, $75.00 ASM Members, 256 pages, hardcover ISBN: 978-1-62708-145-0, eBook EISBN: 978-1-62708-146-7) is available at http://www.asminternational.org/historyofmetals or by calling the ASM International Service Center at 800.336.5152.

ASM International connects materials professionals and their organizations to the resources necessary to provide professional development and to improve materials performance. As the world's largest and most established materials information society, ASM engages members through a global network of peers and provides access to trusted materials information through reference content and data, education courses, international events, and applied research.

To learn more about ASM International, visit http://www.asminternational.org or call 440.338.5151 to speak with an ASM International representative.

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