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The History of Grinding

A in-depth examination of the oldest engineering process, The History of Grinding begins at the dawn of agriculture and outlines how size reduction developed (without completely immersing the reader in technical detail). Great technical achievements have led to the machines of today, which can grind solid particles at the rate of tens of thousands of tons per day. One certainty is the continuing need for size reduction to develop and fit the lifestyles of people now and in the future.

Chapter topics include size reduction from the Stone Age to the Space Age; the science and the scientists; hand stones, water wheels, windmills, and beyond; stamp mills and crushers; roller mills; tumbling mills; fine-grinding mills; classifiers; explosive rock breakage; and size reduction in the 21st century. Photos and illustrations gleaned from numerous sources, a glossary, reference list, and index enrich the text.

By Alban J. Lynch and Chester A. Rowland. Published by SME in 2005. 216 pages.

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