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  • Rock Cutting Mechanics

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  • Rock Mechanics

  • Tunnelling

  • Mining History


I work, research, and effort just to beat my internal curiosity, not for money or something else. Curiosity is the engine and ehthusiasm is the fuel.


Gold Rush (1925)

Introduction to site;" is a semi-academical and semi-social website which aims to share personal publications and lecture notes concerning mining, rock mechanics and rock cutting mechanics and also to share travel notes from different locations of the world, which I have visited

As being a mining engineer, I have been always affected from the mankind's effort for minerals and rocks and also from evolution of excavation methods for mining and tunnelling from fire-setting to mechanical full-face rock excavation. Hammer and chisel is the undisputable universal  symbol of the miners, so name of the website was selected due to this reason.

As a concluding remark to this introduction, I salute the miners all-around the world who lived in the past and living now.

I hope visitors enjoy the website, Glück auf.


An interview with Dr. Nick Barton



Inside, you will find full-text of the interview with the legendary rock engineer Dr. Nick Barton.








Impressive Quotes


"It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice."

Deng Xiaoping


"The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools."



"In so far as a scientific statement speaks about reality, it must be falsifiable; and in so far as it is not falsifiable, it does not speak about reality."

Karl Popper


"I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind."

Lord Kelvin


"I am neither of the East nor of the West, no boundaries exist within my breast."



"The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort."



"The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster."

David Hume


"All wealth is the product of labor."

John Locke


"We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology."

Carl Sagan