Seven Elements That Changed the World

Seven Elements That Changed the World

An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery

Book - 2014
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With carbon we access heat, light and mobility at the flick of a switch, while silicon enables us to communicate across the globe in an instant. Yet our use of the Earth's mineral resources is not always for the benefit of humankind--our relationship with the elements is one of great ambivalence.Uranium is both productive (nuclear power) and destructive (nuclear bombs); iron is the bloody weapon of war, but also the economic tool of peace; our desire for alluring gold is the foundation of global trade, but has also led to the death of millions. John Browne, CEO of BP for twelve years, vividly describes how seven elements are shaping the world around us, for better and for worse.Combining history, science and politics, Seven Elements takes you on a present-day adventure of human passion, ingenuity and discovery. This journey is far from over: we continue to find surprising new uses for these seven elements. Discover how titanium pervades modern consumer society, how natural gas is transforming the global energy sector, and how an innovative new form of carbon could be starting a technology revolution.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781605985404
Branch Call Number: 546 BRO
Characteristics: xvii, 279 p. : ill. (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm


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Aug 26, 2019

A somewhat uneven book: the first two elements, iron and carbon, make up two fifths of the whole book, and another, titanium, takes up only ten pages (one twentieth of the book). There is a mix of the historical discoveries and uses of the chemicals, some discussion of their properties, and some personal anecdotes from the author (who had quite a privileged childhood followed by a globetrotting career).


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