Reviews: Book Description
These three volumes (Golden Nuggets) present the latest knowledge in the science and technology of mineral processing and new industry applications, related to the following topics: mineral and material characterization and liberation, comminution, classification and agglomeration, hydro and biohydrometallurgy, physical separation processing, flotation, and process simulation and control. Due to the increasing application of mineral processing techniques in waste treatment, recycling and soil remediation have received special attention.
The three volumes present a selected collection of peer-reviewed papers devoted both to the theory of mineral processing (Volumes A and B) and to process design and plant application (Volume C).
Fathi Habashi, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. E-mail: Fathi.Habashi@gmn.ulaval.ca
The 21st International Mineral Processing Congress was held in Rome, July 23-27, 2000. The proceedings volumes group together 270 papers selected from 650 abstracts submitted to the Organizing Committee. All papers were refereed by a panel of 40 reviewers and edited in this final form. The papers cover all areas of mineral processing including process simulation and control. Few papers (29 in number) are devoted to hydro- and biohydrometallurgy. Waste treatment, recycling, and soil remediation are represented by 32 papers.
Each of the first three volumes has a common author and subject indexes. Volume 4, which is only 30 pages contains four papers, which were late submissions, is indexed separately and is flexible cover. The proceedings are printed on good quality paper, elegantly presented, and very well edited. Mathematical formulae are very clearly printed as well as the line drawings and the diagrams. The pagination system is rather unusual. It includes the volume number, the session number, then the page number. Pagination is sequential only within a session. For a full Table of Contents see website: http://www.elsevier.nl/inca/publications/store/6/2/1/4/5/9/index.htt
The fact that a large number of abstracts were offered after the “call for papers” and the strong competition between different organizations to hold the Congress in their countries, attest to the importance of such meetings.