Industrial Materials: Past, Present and Future

  • G. F. Ray

Abstract

There are three signs that indicate the coming of age of any subject in terms of the thinking and interest of economists: the proliferation of literature, the choice of the topic for one of the celebrated lectures, and a survey of the academic publications in the Economic Journal. Using this standard, the ‘problem’ of industrial materials, or resources, has definitely come into the forefront: the number of reports, articles, monographs and books dealing with the adequacy of resources, whether in the area of energy or other materials, has been mushrooming in the academic, trade and popular press; it was chosen by eminent speakers for discussion in their major lectures in the early 1970s (1) and eventually the Economic Journal’s survey also saw the light of day (Petersen and Fisher, 1977).

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Zinc Mercury Cobalt Arsenic Rubber 

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