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Rust : the longest war (2015)

de Jonathan Waldman

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An environmental journalist traces the historical war against rust, revealing how rust-related damage costs more than all other natural disasters combined and how it is combated by industrial workers, the government, universities, and everyday people.
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I've got to find more books by this guy. He made rust interesting. ( )
  dhenn31 | Jan 24, 2024 |
This is a wonderful book! You don't need a science background to enjoy this look at rust. The author takes a number of different viewpoints on it and all were fascinating!

The first chapter covers the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and I were creating a course pack for a general chemistry class that including electrochemistry, I would want to include this chapter. Electrochemistry is one of my weakest areas as a general chemistry instructor and the author presented it in an easy-to-read and understand way that I found to be very useful.

Another chapter covered cans- primarily aluminum cans. I learned that creating aluminum cans is an extremely engineered process. Heck, there's even a can school! How cool is that?

Another chapter looks at rust from an artist's viewpoint.

Anyway, read this book. ( )
  alan_chem | Feb 28, 2023 |
Pretty interesting book on the titular topic. It was eye opening how much rust and corrosion effects society, in a sneaky, under the radar way. The chapter on soda cans was fascinating. Environmental issues were not touched on at all which I felt was a missed opportunity. There is some science, but for the most part the author writes as a layman, and even displays a droll sense of humor, which was fun, Worthwhile read. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
A reasonably riveting read. It ambles leisurely and changes focus from history to science onto art and engineering and it serves the subject matter well. Previous interest in rust not a prerequisite to enjoying this book. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Rust is, nominally, a book about corrosion. As an engineer, I enjoy reading about the scientific things that people deal with every day but usually pass along unnoticed. Rust is one of those things.

I thought that the book started out really strong, discussing the issues specific to the Statue of Liberty and its rehabilitation in the early-mid 1980s. From the choice of materials to how it was painted, every decision in its design and rehab made a big impact on its stability over time. I found the entire chapter to be captivating and I had a hard time putting the book down. It set the stage for what I was hoping would be a really interesting book.

After that, however, I thought that the book really dragged and never really got around to the more technical discussions hinted at in the first chapter. A lot of time was spent discussing individuals. A photographer who took many pictures of the Bethlehem Steel buildings, a DOD bureaucrat who is in charge of managing corrosion projects, an Alaska pipeline integrity manager. The latter chapters in Rust spent endless ink talking about individuals and how much facial hair they did or didn't have. One chapter, instead of discussing details of corrosion issues specific to the military, gave me a blow-by-blow of every word and expression and sigh of LeVar Burton.

Also, there were some things in this book that gave off the odor of insufficient research. The number of Star Trek series that the author mentioned didn't include The Animated Series. (You can't pretend to nerd out about Star Trek if you're not actually a Star Trek nerd.) He referred to Rochester Polytechnic Institute, which isn't actually a university.

Overall, I'd rate this book adequate. It definitely had more potential than execution, but I can't say I felt like I wasted the time I spent reading it. ( )
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