ASM Metals HandBook Volume 15, Casting

The story of metal casting is as glamorous as it is ancient, beginning with the dawn of human civilization and interwoven with legends of fantastic weapons and exquisite artworks made of precious metals. It was and is involved in the two main activities of humans since they began walking the earth: producing and defending wealth. Civilization as we know it would not have been possible without metal casting. Metal casting must have emerged from the darkness of antiquity first as magic, later to evolve as an art, then as a technology, and finally as a complex, interdisciplinary science