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Seven Elements That Changed the World: An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Pegasus Books
Publication date March 1, 2014
Pages 279
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781605985404
ISBN-10 1605985406
Dimensions 1 by 6.50 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Original list price $27.95
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The fascinating story of how seven elements―iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium, and silicon―have changed modern life, for good and ill.

With carbon we access heat, light and mobility at the flick of a switch, while silicon enables us to communicate across the globe in an instant.        

Yet our use of the Earth's mineral resources is not always for the benefit of humankind―our relationship with the elements is one of great ambivalence. Uranium is both productive (nuclear power) and destructive (nuclear bombs); iron is the bloody weapon of war, but also the economic tool of peace; our desire for alluring gold is the foundation of global trade, but has also led to the death of millions. John Browne, CEO of British Petroleum (BP) for twelve years, vividly describes how seven elements are shaping the world around us, for better and for worse.       

Combining history, science, and politics, Seven Elements takes you on a present-day adventure of human passion and innovation. This journey is far from over: we continue to find surprising new uses for these seven elements. In this narrative of discovery, readers will come to understand how titanium pervades modern consumer society, how natural gas is transforming the global energy sector, and how an innovative new form of carbon could be starting a technology revolution.

16 pages of B&W and color photographs

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from Pegasus Books (March 1, 2014)
9781605985404 | details & prices | 279 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $27.95
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9781605986913 | details & prices | 279 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $15.95
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