The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

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


Tragic genius, state-of-the-art technology, and the invention that modified billions of lives–including your own.

At the sunrise of the 20th century, humanity was once dealing with worldwide catastrophe: Mass hunger was once approximately to turn into a fact. a choice went out to the world’s scientists to discover an answer.

This is the tale of the 2 males who stumbled on it: exceptional, self-important Fritz Haber and reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. jointly they found how to make bread out of air, outfitted city-sized factories, and stored hundreds of thousands of lives.

But their epochal triumph got here at a value we're nonetheless paying. The Haber-Bosch strategy used to be extensively utilized to make the gunpowder and explosives that killed hundreds of thousands through the global wars. either males have been vilified in the course of their lives; either, disappointed and disgraced, died tragically.

The Alchemy of Air is the intense, formerly untold tale of a discovery that modified the way in which we develop foodstuff and how we make war–and that can provide to proceed shaping our lives in primary and dramatic ways.

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