Copper the anatomy of an industry
Sir Ronald Prain (1975).
Excerpt from chapter ten: The Future.
Meditating on the nature of time in the first of his Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot wrote:
?Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.?
If this be so, it should not be too difficult to give some preview of the next 25 years as they will affect the copper industry and certainly it is possible to outline some of the factors which will be of importance between now and the end of the century, for so many of them have their origins in the past.
However, whilst encouraged by Eliot, I am cautioned against trying to peer too far by his distinguished contemporary, the philosopher-poet Santayana who reminds us that:
?Our knowledge is a torch of smoky pine
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