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A Most Damnable Invention: Dynamite Nitrates and the Making of the Modern World by Stephen R. Bown ISBN: 9780312329136

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Immediate dispatch from Somerset. Nice book in great condition. Pages in excellent unused condition. No notes or highlighting. See images. Fantastic book.

About the book >.>.> Fritz Haber was in Stockholm to receive a lucrative and presti- gious prize. It was June 1 1920 and he was fifty-two years old. The award of a Nobel Prize in Chemistry ought to have been cause for celebration a crowning recognition of his brilliant sci- entific work. But a shadow hung over the ceremony. The king of Sweden did not present the award as he had done for the four other awards the previous November. Haber received his prize alone half a year later the only exception since the inception of the awards fifteen years earlier because of public outrage. French American and British scientists denounced Haber’s selection as prizewinner arguing he should have been ineligible for distinc- tion due to his dishonorable perhaps even immoral wartime ac- tivities. They labeled Haber “the inventor of gas war.? None disputed his scientific credentials however. Haber’s work was universally recognized as being of profound importance perhaps even the solution to world hunger. He had solved the ni- trogen problem the Holy Grail of scientific enigmas of the era patenting a process whereby nitrogen compounds could be syn- thesized from the air and had thereby set the stage for the inter- minable war of attrition between 1914 and 1918.

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ISBN

9780312329136

Format

Hardcover

Publisher

Thomas Dunne Books

Book author

Stephen R. Bown

Condition

Used – Very Good

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