Book Review

Practical Metallurgy and Materials of Industry, 6th ed.

J. E. Neely and T. J. Bertone
Prentice-Hall, 2003, 449 pages


T his disappointing book is an introductory textbook on metallurgy for welders and other non-engineers. Although it is written at a high school level, it does contain some of the basic information students would need to determine if their interests lie in this area. The depth increases slightly toward the end of the book but remains generally superficial, assuming no knowledge or interest in chemistry, physics, or materials science. Profusely illustrated, with eight color plates. For serious students, I recommend Metals Handbook Desk Edition instead.
October 29, 2005 Back