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Materials in Literature

  • 1.  Materials in Literature

    Posted 04-12-2020 16:33
    From Harold Michels

    This may not be literature in there classical sense, but a few years ago, I came across an very informative and entertaining book, "Uncle Tungsten-Memories of A Chemical Boyhood" by Oliver Sacks, the famous neurologist, physician and author. It is a light read but enjoyable worthwhile walk through the Periodic Table of Elements.

    Harold Michels
    Consultant, Formerly Senior Vice President, Copper Development Association
    Retires from Copper Dev Assoc. & Inco Ltd.
    Manhasset NY
    (516) 627-5335

  • 2.  RE: Materials in Literature

    Posted 04-13-2020 10:20

    Tales about Metals (by S. Venetsky). I think it is a Russian book that was translated into English. 
    This is also not materials "literature", but was an enjoyable read when I was younger. Good book with trivia about metals presented in an informal manner. 

    Shreyas Balachandran
    Research Faculty
    ASC/National High Magnetic Field Lab
    Tallahassee FL

  • 3.  RE: Materials in Literature

    Posted 04-28-2020 10:29
    Thanks for the recommendation, Harold. I have bought a copy online.  I am really enjoying it, even if only up to chapter 5 now.  Shows how mentoring of inquisitive young people is so influential.

    Gary Coates
    Manager, Technical
    Nickel Institute
    Mississauga ON

  • 4.  RE: Materials in Literature

    Long Island Admin
    Posted 04-29-2020 10:25
    Harold, Gary, and co -

    What the audience might not know is that the author Oliver Sacks is the writer
    of several books, including Awakenings.  It was adapted into the movie of the
    same name with Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro.

    Wikipedia: Oliver Sacks


    - Jim 

    Jim Quinn, Dir. of Laboratories
    Materials Science and Chemical Engineering
    Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook NY 11794+2275

  • 5.  RE: Materials in Literature

    Posted 04-29-2020 14:21

    Hi Jim and Gary plus the ASM Online Member Community:

    Oliver Sacks was a neurologist and author. One of his books, "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" discusses case histories encountered in his medical practice. In one of his cases, the patient could not recognize familiar faces and objects. That case is the basis for the unique title of the book.

  • 6.  RE: Materials in Literature

    Posted 08-19-2020 08:45
    Not literature, but if you have the chance to binge "Money Heist" on Netflix - season 2 - there are some great scenes of gold being melted and then turned it into little pellets to remove it from the bank vault.  Unfortunately the last season isn't out yet, so I don't know how they remove the gold pellets from the bank yet!!!

    Also don't miss the behind the scenes special about how they shot these scenes using bronze and how the props they used warped under water.

    Carrie Hawk
    ASM International
    Community Engagement Specialist


  • 7.  RE: Materials in Literature

    Houston Admin
    Posted 08-19-2020 10:21
    I recently read "Napoleon's Buttons" by Le Couteur and Burreson, which I highly recommend. It leans a little closer to chemistry than metallurgy but the narrative flow of the book is engrossing and really fleshes out the historical significance of the discussed molecules.​

    Sean Piper
    Product / Process Metallurgist
    Ellwood Texas Forge Houston
    Houston TX