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  • 1.  Materials books for holiday reads (2021/2022)?

    Posted 12-21-2021 12:28
    Folks -

    As we go into the holiday season, I was wondering what
    good books you all might be reading on the airplanes
    or by a warm cozy fire..... Mine are listed below.

    Please share your good reads with all of us.

    kind regards,
    - Jim

    Archaeometallurgy: Guidelines for Best Practice
    by David Dungworth
    Historic England Press, 2015
    ISBN 1848024096

    Introduction to Focused Ion Beams: Instrumentation, Theory,
    Techniques and Practice Instrumentation, Theory, Techniques and Practice
    by Lucille Gianuzzi
    Springer 2005/2010
    ISBN 1441935746

    Ethics for Engineers
    by Martin Peterson
    Oxford Press, 2019
    ISBN 0190609192

    Learning Scientific Programming with Python, 2nd Edition
    by Christian Hill
    Cambridge Univ Press, 2020
    ISBN 1108745911

    I think I already put in a "plug" for:
    Critical Materials (Materials Today), 1st Edition
    by Alexander King
    Elsevier, 2020
    ISBN 0128187891

    Another two plugs for:
    For Science, King and Country:
    The Life and Legacy of Henry Moseley
    by Roy MacLeod and Russell George Egdell
    Uniform Press, 2019
    ISBN 1910500712
    H.G.J. Moseley: The Life and Letters of
    an English Physicist, 1887-1915
    by J. L. Heilbron
    Univ of California Press, 1974
    ISBN 0520023757

    Jim Quinn, Dir. of Laboratories
    Materials Sci & Chem Eng
    Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook NY
    Spring 2023 courses

  • 2.  RE: Materials books for holiday reads (2021/2022)?

    Posted 12-21-2021 14:06
    My favorite materials books are written by Mark Miodownik including "Stuff Matters".

    Carrie Hawk
    ASM International
    Community Engagement Specialist


    Spring 2023 courses

  • 3.  RE: Materials books for holiday reads (2021/2022)?

    Posted 12-28-2021 16:33
    Thanks for sharing Jim.  Those books on Henry Moseley look interesting; I was unfamiliar with him up until now.  I will have to add those to my collection.

    My current reading list is not very materials related, but might be of interest.  I will be consuming these as a mix of audiobooks and hard copies...

    • "Rationality: What it is, Why it seems Scarce, Why it Matters", by Steven Pinker
      • I'm doing this one as an audiobook, but I would really recommend it as a hard copy as there are many images that seem necessary to following the text.
    • "The Meaning of it All", by Richard P. Feynman
      • Truly an excellent piece.  Feynman had a way of describing rather complicated subjects in an unassuming manner that hits all of the important points.  It's free on Audible if anyone has a subscription.
    • "What I Believe", by Bertrand Russell
      • Also free on Audible with subscription
    • "The Remains of the Day", by Kazuo Ishiguro
      • I finished "Klara and the Sun" not too long ago and was transported.  Very excited to start this one.

    Stephen Rooney
    R&D Metallurgist
    Ellwood Materials Technologies

    Spring 2023 courses

  • 4.  RE: Materials books for holiday reads (2021/2022)?

    Posted 12-29-2021 01:08
    Edited by Peggy Jones 12-29-2021 01:09
    My favorite recent purchase is "Decoding Mechanical Failures" by ASM Member Shane Turcott.   I use portions of it in my Intro to Materials class for sophomore mechanical engineering students.   This reference has flow charts explaining how we look at broken stuff and figure out the steps needed in the lab to diagnose the root cause(s).   The flow charts span only 2 pages, but convey the metallurgical troubleshooting logic that is often mysterious to our design, quality, and manufacturing engineering customers.   In addition to this gem, there are good photos and real life examples of various steel failures.   The case studies are written in simple English for non-metallurgists.    The 13 digit ISBN number is 978-1777157609, and you can get it on Amazon.  It was published on Jan. 1, 2020.

    Cover of the hardcover reference book Decoding Mechanical Failures by Shane Turcott

    [Peggy] [Jones] [Ph.D., FASM]
    [Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering]
    [Saginaw Valley State University]
    [Saginaw] [MI]
    [989 964 4154]
    [ ]

    Spring 2023 courses

  • 5.  RE: Materials books for holiday reads (2021/2022)?

    Posted 12-29-2021 12:16
    Peggy -

    Thank you for the hint to look at "Decoding Mechanical Failures",
    by Shane Turcott, as I have just ordered it on your recommendation.  

    Also, the rave reviews on Amzn certainly helped.  See below.

    kind regards,
    - Jim

    PS: A reminder that David Scott's book from the Getty Institute is
    available for free on PDF (legally).

    cut/paste.......hence their typos, not mine....
    This the best desktop mechanical failure book that I have read!
    Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021
    Verified Purchase
    Very happy to have added this book to my personal collection.
    It is very well thought through, organized and presented. T
    he color images are excellent and well chosen to support the
    knowledge and cases presented. The orderly presentation is
    easy ro read and clearly addresses questions likely garnered
    from professionals attending Steel Images training courses.
    The material presented readily translates to the analysis of
    nonferrous alloys as well as steel and other ferrous alloys.
    This is a first rate very useful book to read and refer to.

     A "must have to have" in material failure investigation.
    Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020
    Verified Purchase
    A technical reference for failure which has impacted the
    quality of investigations I deliver to our clinets already
    after a short time of availability.
    It is full of informative images with easy to understand
    descriptions which will set up a standard for material failure
    I recommend everyone involved in such investigations to
    have the book as a technical support.

    n Essential Resources for Engineers
    Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2020
    Verified Purchase
    I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Well structured ,
    extremely well written and a concise reference for understanding
    critical failures.

     A must reference book for fracture analysis
    Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2021
    Verified Purchase
    This is one of the best books I had found for fracture analysis.
    The book is simple to understand and conveys tons of information
    on analyzing fractures. Its a must for any one dealing with
    failure analysis or fracture analysis. Its going my permanent

     Perfect reference to someone who deals with failure analysis
    Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2021
    Verified Purchase
    Simple narration that can assist any individuals to practice
    failure analysis.

    Spring 2023 courses

  • 6.  RE: Materials books for holiday reads (2021/2022)?

    Posted 12-29-2021 12:18
    Stephen and co -

    Thank you for the four wonderful recommendations.
    We do appreciate it greatly.

    kind regards,
    - Jim

    Spring 2023 courses

  • 7.  RE: Materials books for holiday reads (2021/2022)?

    Posted 12-29-2021 08:48
    Of course, THE book to have this holiday season is ASM Handbook Volume 11A: Analysis and Prevention of Component and Equipment Failures. Just came out and I am perusing now.

    Aaron Tanzer
    Senior Metallurgical Engineer
    Metallurgical & Materials Technology
    Baton Rouge LA
    (407) 247-9557

    Spring 2023 courses

  • 8.  RE: Materials books for holiday reads (2021/2022)?

    Posted 12-29-2021 14:30
    Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman is a good read.

    David Sapiro
    Senior Structural Materials Engineer
    Seattle WA

    Spring 2023 courses

  • 9.  RE: Materials books for holiday reads (2021/2022)?

    Posted 12-30-2021 20:09
    Edited by Patricia Carrizo 12-30-2021 20:14
    Wow!! I want to purchase Rust that recommended David Sapiro.

    I would like to recommend my book, the first, I have been informed that it is available as an ebook, I have found it on various platforms, this afternoon I received the news. There was a small delay in the publication but now everything its Ok.

    If you are interested, you can try the ebook, or request the hardcover for when it is available.

    Excuse me, if it is self-referential post, but its a great job, which took up a lot of my time, and thanks to this beloved book I was able to go through difficult times last year when in my country we were in strict confinement due to a pandemic, this book has been my life board. It has the participation in some theoretical chapters of fellow Latin American friends.

    Look for its name: Reverse Engineering of Ancient Metals - Springer

    [Patricia Silvana] [Carrizo]
    [Chemical Engineer]
    [Archaeometallurgy Area - UTN FRM]
    [Mendoza] [Argentina]

    Spring 2023 courses

  • 10.  RE: Materials books for holiday reads (2021/2022)?

    Posted 12-31-2021 19:09
    Edited by Stephen Woodall 12-31-2021 20:53

    A book that I read as a graduate student in the late 1970’s is J E Gordon’s “The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don’t Fall Through the Floor”. Although dated, this is a still-relevant book and is a fascinating “light-read” that covers a wide range of structure-related topics across many engineering and biology fields. Though perhaps guilty of some over-simplifications, this book is, nevertheless, an interesting account about structures that we encounter in everyday life. Even Elon Musk liked it, apparently! It’s an ideal bedtime read!

    I can also recommend Gordon’s follow-up book, “Structures or Why Things Don’t Fall Down”.

    Stephen Woodall


    Spring 2023 courses