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Enriching the earth : Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the transformation of world food production

Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2001.
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Dr. Smil is the world's authority on nitrogenous fertilizer.The industrial synthesis of ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen has been of greater fundamental importance to the modern world than the invention of the airplane, nuclear energy, space flight, or television. The expansion of the world's population from 1.6 billion people in 1900 to today's six billion would not have been possible without the synthesis of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Smil, Vaclav.
Enriching the earth.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2001
(DLC) 00026291
(OCoLC)43599027
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vaclav Smil
ISBN: 9780262283854 0262283859
OCLC Number: 61678151
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 338 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Nitrogen in agriculture --
Traditional sources of nitrogen --
New sources of the nutrient --
A brilliant discovery --
Creating an industry --
Evolution of ammonia synthesis --
Synthetic fertilizers --
Our dependence on nitrogen --
Consequences of the dependence --
Nitrogen and civilization.
Responsibility: Vaclav Smil.

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Dr. Smil is the world's authority on nitrogenous fertilizer.The industrial synthesis of ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen has been of greater fundamental importance to the modern world than the invention of the airplane, nuclear energy, space flight, or television. The expansion of the world's population from 1.6 billion people in 1900 to today's six billion would not have been possible without the synthesis of ammonia.In Enriching the Earth, Vaclav Smil begins with a discussion of nitrogen's unique status in the biosphere, its role in crop production, and traditional means of supplying the nutrient. He then looks at various attempts to expand natural nitrogen flows through mineral and synthetic fertilizers. The core of the book is a detailed narrative of the discovery of ammonia synthesis by Fritz Haber--a discovery scientists had sought for over one hundred years--and its commercialization by Carl Bosch and the chemical company BASF. Smil also examines the emergence of the large-scale nitrogen fertilizer industry and analyzes the extent of global dependence on the Haber-Bosch process and its biospheric consequences. Finally, it looks at the role of nitrogen in civilization and, in a sad coda, describes the lives of Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch after the discovery of ammonia synthesis.

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