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The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World But Fueled the Rise of Hitler


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Barbara Branham, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Barbara Branham)
A fascinating book about how the population of the world had reached a point where there would be mass starvation in the early 20th C. because farming had reached it's productivity limit. The development of a method to pull fixed nitrogen out of the air and the invention of a machine that could produce fixed nitrogen in enormous quantities allowed the world's population to reach current levels. Now, 100 years later, we face the same problem again: how to increase productivity to feed 6+ billion people.
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Mark Troll, February 27, 2012 (view all comments by Mark Troll)
This book is well-written and fascinating, both for the science and the personal stories. Ironies and significance are well brought out. The author does a great job of bringing out the social and emotional environments of the protagonists, and frames the story well in terms of previous methods for obtaining fertilizer--which included rapid depletion of a rare natural resource.
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A good lesson on the food crisis of a hundred years ago as well as the development of a simple modern chemical we take for granted today.
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Hager, Thomas
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Thomas Hager, Author of The Demon Under the Microscope
Historical - General
Scientists - General
General science
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