Part popular science, part history, part memoir, these pages are infused with insight, shaped by the experience of a FTSE Chief Executive and lifted by the innate optimism of a scientist. John Browne has found a fascinating way of helping us break through the crust of our ignorance. The scientific literate too will relish his personal mix of historical knowledge and technical prowess with his gift for making the complicated understandable.
Seven Elements That Have Changed The World : Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
It has transformed the lives we lead and the world we live in. But that onward march has also thrown us huge challenges about how we treat each other and the planet on which we live. This book forces us to confront these realities and does it in a unique and fascinating way.
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It weaves science and humanity together in a way that gives us new insight. This is an expertly crafted book by a unique thinker and talented engineer and businessman. From the rise of civilizations, to some of today's most important challenges and opportunities, to the frontiers of research, he weaves together science, history, politics and personal experience.
Browne tells a lively story that enables us to see the essential elements of modern life in a new, original and highly engaging way.
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Conservation Land Management. Go to Conservation Land Management. By: John Browne Author. Publisher: Phoenix Publishers. Seven Elements that Changed the World An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery John Browne The fascinating story of how seven elements—iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium, and silicon—have changed modern life, for good and ill. This book forces us to confront these realities and does so in a unique and fascinating way. It weaves science and humanity together in a way that gives us new insight. This is an expertly crafted book by a unique thinker.
The Spanish conquistadors rampaged through 16th century Muisca and Inca territories in search of gold, slaughtering native communities along the way. The allure of gold lay in its lustre, its refusal to tarnish and its readiness to be worked. A single gram can be extruded into a wire more than 2km long or beat into a one square metre sheet.
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The conquistadors were no less brutal in their search for silver, but at least this time their quest was based on more than myth. Nearby the mountain a city grew up which made slaves of millions to exploit the resource. It was not just precious metals that exposed the greed of the powerful. Tensions lead to a stand-off that ends with many striking employees being shot dead.
In the chapter on carbon, John D Rockefeller mistreats his workforce and is ruthless and underhand in crushing opposition to his Standard Oil Company. Both men later gave away great portions of their wealth, no doubt for the good of others, but guilt and a desire to be immortalised were surely factors too. What should be clear by now is that Seven Elements is not a chemistry book, but an engaging history of how the use of natural resources has underpinned dramatic industrial development.
For the best part, Browne is more than convincing. The writing is tight, the historic lessons important. From iron came better warships.