The Alchemy of Air

The Alchemy of Air

A Jewish Genius, A Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307351784
0307351785
Characteristics: xvii, 316 p. ; 25 cm.

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stewstealth
Oct 03, 2016

A very good science book with a great narrative style. Tells of the development of manufacturing ammonia out of the nitrogen found in air. This is a requirement for modern farming due to the limited amount of fixed nitrogen in natural soil. Very interesting including tying the discoveries to WW2. Definitely worth reading if you are3 interested.

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alphinatina
Dec 21, 2015

I almost didn't pick this one up because of the term 'alchemy' in the title. That would have been a mistake. I found this book really interesting. It is very well researched. I learned tons of stuff about history and biochemistry. I found less than half a dozen typos. That sounds bad but I usually find about 20 typos in anything written about science because proof editors tend not to be science buffs and loose focus about a quarter of the way through the book. It kept my interest all the way through though.

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