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In their 1974 multi-volume series Systematic Materials Analysis, Richardson and Peterson say the following about the then state of materials testing[1]:

It is both exciting and dismaying to observe the parade of new and refined instrumental methods available for the analysis of materials—exciting because these instruments provide opportunities for faster and more reliable answers to material analysis problems, dismaying because one is hard pressed to evaluate these various instruments for a given task. Materials analysis often involves the complete characterization of a material, including structural and textural analyses in addition to chemical analysis ... These volumes not only comprise a brief, comprehensive reference for the materials analyst but also provides a source of information for the engineer or researcher who must select the appropriate instrument for his immediate needs.