Strangeness production is a very useful diagnostic tool in finding the quark-gluon plasma. We review its uses in understanding relativistic heavy-ion collisions. A brief introduction to the main theoretical tools used in interpreting strangeness production is given, and the experimental methods used to extract the signals are discussed in detail. The experimental results from the Brookhaven AGS and CERN SPS programs are presented. We discuss the interpretation of these results, emphasizing their role in the discovery of deconfined quark matter at CERN. Future experiments at RHIC and at the CERN LHC are described.

Keyword(s): AGSAu-AuhyperonsLHCPb-Pbquark-gluon plasmaRHICSPS

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