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
Characteristics: xvii, 316 p. ; 25 cm.


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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.

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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