Saturday, July 30, 2011
Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare by Daniel Charles
As I have mentioned before I rarely buy books, I just read what I find in the paperback library at post.
This book caught my eye and decided to give it a shot.
Very interesting book. Fritz Haber pretty much changed the world by inventing the process to create Ammonia Nitrate. Whats the big deal with that? It's used in fertilizer and has helped crops grow bountifully.
But as the name of the book suggests he is also notorious for inventing something else.
No, he didn't die during the Holocaust, but direct relatives of his was killed in the gas chambers by the very gas he helped invent.
The author does a good job interspersing enough history of the time period, equal parts of Fritz Habers life and technical jargon.
It was a quick read for me. I'd say it was interesting, but not necessarily a good read.