By Michael Freemantle
Within months of the beginning of the 1st international warfare, Germany started to run out of the uncooked fabrics it had to make explosives. As Germany confronted drawing close defeat, chemists similar to Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch got here to the rescue with Nobel Prize profitable discoveries that overcame the shortages and enabled the rustic to proceed within the warfare. equally, Britain couldn't have sustained its battle attempt for 4 years had it now not been for chemists like Chaim Weizmann who was once later to develop into the 1st president of the country of Israel.
Michael Freemantle tells the tales of those and plenty of different chemists and explains how their paintings underpinned and formed what grew to become often called The Chemists’ warfare. He unearths:
• how chemistry contributed to the care of the ill and wounded and to the future health and safeguard of troops;
• how coal not just powered the battle yet was once additionally a big resource of the chemical compounds wanted for the manufacture of explosives, dyes, medicinal drugs and antiseptics;
• how Britain’s creation of propellants depended on the slaughter of tens of hundreds of thousands of whales;
• how a invaluable steel performed a severe position within the war;
• how toxic chemical compounds have been used as guns of mass destruction for the 1st time within the heritage of war and the way chemists built fuel mask for defense opposed to those guns;
• how the British naval blockade of Germany imperilled agricultural creation within the United States.
The booklet will entice the overall reader in addition to the numerous scientists and historians attracted to the good War.
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