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'A power plant goes on steam, X rays are used to check steel piping sub surfaces, new materials overcome the corrosive nature of steam rising from the earth before the first commercial geothermal station in the United States begins operating-these are moments in the history of codes and standards,' related by Wilbur Cross, author of THE CODE; An Authorized History of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

Now available from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), this new history book relates the development of the widely adopted boiler code to the technologies that influenced its growth worldwide-from the first report in 1915 to its anniversary in 1990.

The Code is an official account of the origins, research programs, professional development, publication, and administration of the Code. Cross addresses the challenges of adapting the Code to advances in technology, the effect of World War II on materials and energy conservation, the tremendous impact of nuclear. power, and the evolution of standards organizations internationally.

Author of more than 40 published nonfiction books including engineering and science topics, Cross delivers an easy-to-read narrative of people and events as the Code progresses.

'Understanding its significance is difficult,' says Cross. 'The Code, while of widespread importance to the development of modern civilization itself, has become obscured by the very complexity of the subject. It can seldom compete with accounts of more dramatic engineering feats. Our objective was not only to inform the public but to stimulate educators, engineers, and journalists to give the subject broader attention.'

The Code: An Authorized History of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code by Wilbur Cross, 1990, is available as book number 820246 for $19.95. Order from the ASME Order Department, 22 Law Drive, Box 2300, Fairfield, N.J. 07007-2300,1-800-THE-ASME, in New Jersey 201-882-1167, or FAX 201-882-1717.