By Georgius Agricola
Originally released in 1556, Agricola's De ReM etallica was the 1st publication on mining to be according to box learn and remark — what at the present time will be referred to as the "scientific approach." It was once accordingly the 1st e-book to supply precise technical drawings to demonstrate a few of the really good ideas of the numerous branches of mining, and the 1st to supply a pragmatic heritage of mining from antiquity to the mid-sixteenth century. for nearly 2 hundred years, Agricola remained the one authoritative paintings during this quarter and via glossy instances it had develop into the most hugely revered medical classics of all time. A publication extra frequently said in literature on mining and metallurgy than the other, its Latin textual content avoided it from being as prevalent because it may have been.
In 1912, the ebook used to be translated by way of former President Herbert Clark Hoover and his spouse. revealed in a restricted variation, the paintings was once fast acquired up via publication creditors, historians, and medievalists, who had came across that there has been a lot to be realized from its pages. The ebook includes an remarkable wealth of fabric on alluvial mining, alchemy, silver refining, smelting, surveying, timbering, nitric acid making, and hundreds and hundreds of different stages of the medieval artwork of metallurgy. The textual content even covers the felony points of mining using boundary stones, forfeitures of titles, protection standards of tunnel construction within the 1500s, and so on.
But the plates, possibly greater than the rest, have insured Agricola's persevered significance. Brilliantly finished drawings, richly precise, exhibit a complete medieval global of equipment, business process, instruments, even gown and structure. All 289 of the unique woodcuts are reproduced during this reprint of the 1912 variation, supplying scholars of the interval, advertisement artists, engineers, metallurgists, or even curious basic readers an unforgettable photo of the 1st age of technology.
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