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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

By Thomas Hager

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

At the dawn of the twentieth century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, 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 enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives. Their invention continues to feed us today; without it, more than two billion people would starve.

But their epochal triumph came at a price we are still paying. The Haber-Bosch process was also used to make the gunpowder and high explosives that killed millions during the two world wars. Both men were vilified during their lives; both, disillusioned and disgraced, died tragically. Today we face the other un­intended consequences of their discovery—massive nitrogen pollution and a growing pandemic of obesity.

The Alchemy of Air is the extraordinary, previously untold story of two master scientists who saved the world only to lose everything and of the unforseen results of a discovery that continues to shape our lives in the most fundamental and dramatic of ways.

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Format: Book
Author: Hager, Thomas
Title: The alchemy of air : a Jewish genius, a doomed tycoon, and the scientific discovery that fed the world but fueled the rise of Hitler / Thomas Hager.
Publisher Date: New York : Harmony Books, c2008.
Subject: Haber, Fritz, 1868-1934 Bosch, Carl, 1874-1940 Chemists -- Germany -- Biography Nitrogen fertilizers -- History -- 20th century. Technological innovations -- History -- 20th century
Isbn: 9780307351784 0307351785
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Call Number: 540.92244 Hag
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Format: Book
Author: Hager, Thomas
Title: The alchemy of air : a Jewish genius, a doomed tycoon, and the scientific discovery that fed the world but fueled the rise of Hitler / Thomas Hager.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Harmony Books, c2008.
Description: xvii, 316 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Haber, Fritz, 1868-1934
Subjects: Bosch, Carl, 1874-1940
Subjects: Chemists -- Germany -- Biography
Subjects: Nitrogen fertilizers -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Technological innovations -- History -- 20th century
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-304) and index.
LCCN: 2008003192
ISBN: 9780307351784
ISBN: 0307351785
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 540.92244 Hag