Thanks a lot, Edward, for sharing with us this piece of history.
It epitomizes the approach early scientists had with their work.
They knew that they were exploring a new field and could be wrong, even if we can say that they were very accurate in what they were doing. The last paragraph from the excerpt of Comstock 1918 article you sent us is very illuminating of his aptitude:
In presenting these notes the writer (Comstock, editor's note) does not claim to have made
any remarkable discovery or to have found the best method for identifying
the non-metallic inclusions in non-ferrous metals, nor does he claim
to be able to identify every inclusion that may occur in a bronze. It is
hoped, however, that the notes may be of some interest or possible
value to other metallographists, and may bring out criticisms or further
suggestions along these lines which will accelerate progress toward the
the true interpretation of everything that we see in metals with the
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