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Woodcut from Georgius Agricola's De Re Metallica. Interior view of a workshop showing four men at various stages of the metallurgical process. Georgius Agricola (1494-1555) was a German scholar and scientist. Known as 'the father of mineralogy'. He is best known for his book De Re Metallica, published in 1556, a treatise on mining and extractive metallurgy, illustrated with woodcuts illustrating processes to extract ores from the ground and metal from the ore, and the man uses of water mills in mining.
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