Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon by John BrowneSeven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon by John Browne

Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon

byJohn Browne

Paperback | July 2, 2013

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Humans have put the Earth's resources to extraordinary use. Carbon provides us with heat, light and mobility at the flick of a switch. From silver came photography, the preservation of memories, and a task which for centuries was confined to painters, sketchers and our imaginations. Silver in turn was eventually replaced by silicon, an element which enables us to communicate and transmit information across the globe in an instant. But our use of the Earth's resources is not always for the benefit of humankind. Our relationship with the elements is one of great ambivalence.

Uranium produces both productive nuclear power and destructive atomic 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. This book vividly describes how seven key elements have shaped the world around us - for good and for bad.

Seven Elementstakes you on an adventure of human passion, ingenuity and discovery. This journey is far from over: we continue to find surprising new uses for these seven elements. Discover 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 technological revolution.

Seven Elementsis a unique mix of science, history and politics, interwoven with the author's extensive personal and professional experience.
John Browne (Lord Browne of Madingley)was born in Germany in 1948 and joined BP as a university apprentice in 1966, rising to Group Chief Executive from 1995 to 2007, where he built a reputation as a visionary leader. He is an engineer, collector and businessman. He was voted 'Most Admired CEO' inManagement Todayevery year from1999 to ...
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Title:Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, SiliconFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:July 2, 2013Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0297869892

ISBN - 13:9780297869894

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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