de re metallica

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This book is one of the most important and greatest scientific classics. "De Re Metallica" contains more than 200 perfect illustrations, and most of them are full page. The book was published in 1556 by Georgius Agricola. Basically all the shown equipment was current until few decades ago. Agricola described and illustrated such methods as amalgamation, and the use of spiral inclines for moving heavy equipment from the surface to underground. The author set out the basic traditions and practices of mining, described the notably elaborate machines needed to keep mines dry and ventilated, and processing and refining, with their devices and chemicals. The language might seem dense and difficult sometimes, but the book is still worth reading.
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