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Publisher Description

A sweeping history of tragic genius, cutting-edge science, and the Haber-Bosch discovery that changed billions of lives—including your own.

At the dawn of the twentieth century, humanity was facing global disaster: Mass starvation was about to become a reality. A call went out to the world’ s scientists to find a solution.

This is the story of the two men who found it: brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, and saved millions of lives.

But their epochal triumph came at a price we are still paying. The Haber-Bosch process was also used to make the gunpowder and explosives that killed millions during the two world wars. Both men were vilified during their lives; both, disillusioned and disgraced, died tragically.

The Alchemy of Air is the extraordinary, previously untold story of a discovery that changed the way we grow food and the way we make war–and that promises to continue shaping our lives in fundamental and dramatic ways.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2008
September 9
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Crown
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
7.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Rocket XYZ ,

Excellent and absolutely amazing

The little known history of the greatest invention in the 20th century. This book is fascinating, and explains how the drive for fertilizer shaped world history through-out the 19th and 20th centuries, from Europe, to America, to India - from the war of the pacific with Chile and Peru to WW1 and WW2. Amazing stuff that is hardly known, but a huge impact to our current modern lives.

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