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The Bessemer Process: A New Book Enters the Ring!

Posted by Charles Gray on June 30, 2016

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Sometimes, the biggest changes in our world are the ones that have been least remarked on. Take, for example, the Bessemer process. Before it was invented, high-quality steel was a semi-precious material due the time and effort it took to produce it. It was restricted to things like swords, dinnerware, and other such expensive goods, with cast iron being used for most other items.  After the Bessemer process became common, steel became the metal of choice for everything from bridges to cannon, and directly contributed to the rise of our first great skyscrapers.

It literally changed the world and yet, even among those who know about the importance of steam power, the telegraph, or the airplane, the Bessemer process is almost forgotten.  Which is terribly unfortunate.  That’s why my upcoming young adult science-fact book will be about the development of the Bessemer process and the man who invented it. It’s a pretty damned interesting story.

 

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