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Since time immemorial, we have treasured diamonds for their exquisite beauty and unrivaled hardness. Yet, most of the earth's diamonds lie deep underground and totally unaccessible to us--if only we knew how to fabricate them! In The Diamond Makers Robert Hazen vividly recounts the very human desire to exceed nature and create a synthetic diamond. Spanning centuries of ground-breaking science, instances of bitter rivalry, cases of outright fraud and self-delusion, Hazen blends drama and science to reveal the extraordinary technological advances and devastating failures of the diamond industry. Along the way, readers will be introduced to the brilliant, often eccentric and controversial, pioneers of high-pressure research who have harnessed crushing pressures and scorching temperatures to transform almost any carbon-rich material, from road tar to peanut butter, into the most prized of all gems. Robert M. Hazen is the author of fifteen books, including the bestseller, Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy, which he wrote with James Trefil. Dr. Hazen has won numerous awards for his research and scientific writing.

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A narrative relating the dramatic history of diamond making.

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Humans have treasured diamonds for their exquisite beauty and unrivaled hardness for thousands of years. Spanning centuries of ground-breaking science, bitter rivalry, outright fraud, and self-delusion, The Diamond Makers is a compelling narrative centered around the brilliant, often eccentric, and controversial pioneers of high pressure research. This vivid blend of dramatic personal stories and extraordinary scientific advances--and devastating failures--brings alive the quest to create the most prized of gems.

Synopsis:

A compelling narrative relating the dramatic history of diamond making.

Table of Contents

Preface; Prologue; 1. Mysteries; 2. Attempts; 3. The legacy of Percy Bridgman; 4. Baltzar von Platen and the incredible diamond machine; 5. The crystals of Loring Coes; 6. Project Superpressure; 7. Breakthrough; 8. Secrets; 9. Risky business; 10. The rivals; 11. The new diamond makers: diamond by explosion; 12. The new diamond makers: diamonds from a vapor; 13. The diamond breakers; Epilogue.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521654746
Author:
Hazen, Robert M.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
Engineering - Chemical & Biochemical
Subject:
Mineralogy
Subject:
Diamonds, artificial
Subject:
Diamonds
Subject:
High pressure (Technology)
Subject:
High pressure
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Mineralogy
Subject:
General Technology
Subject:
Chemical & Biochemical
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
GTR 367
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
57 b/w illus.
Pages:
260
Dimensions:
9.05x5.99x.65 in. .84 lbs.

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