The Diamond Makers by Robert M. HazenThe Diamond Makers by Robert M. Hazen

The Diamond Makers

byRobert M. Hazen

Paperback | November 3, 1999

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Since time immemorial, we have treasured diamonds for their exquisite beauty and unrivaled hardness. Yet, most of the earth's diamonds lie deep underground and totally unaccessible to us--if only we knew how to fabricate them! In The Diamond Makers Robert Hazen vividly recounts the very human desire to exceed nature and create a synthetic diamond. Spanning centuries of ground-breaking science, instances of bitter rivalry, cases of outright fraud and self-delusion, Hazen blends drama and science to reveal the extraordinary technological advances and devastating failures of the diamond industry. Along the way, readers will be introduced to the brilliant, often eccentric and controversial, pioneers of high-pressure research who have harnessed crushing pressures and scorching temperatures to transform almost any carbon-rich material, from road tar to peanut butter, into the most prized of all gems. Robert M. Hazen is the author of fifteen books, including the bestseller, Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy, which he wrote with James Trefil. Dr. Hazen has won numerous awards for his research and scientific writing.
The son of Don Francis and Dorothy Ellen, Robert Miller Hazen was born in Rockville Centre, N.Y. on November 1, 1948. Hazen received his Bachelor of Science Degree at MIT in 1971 and earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University. A research scientist as well as a part-time musician, Hazen has used his vast background in both fields to write a...
Title:The Diamond MakersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:November 3, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521654742

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Diamond Makers This book was a real treat to read. Highly recommended to anyone interested in high-temperature and high-pressure chemistry. Told in a chatty style, yet it is thought-provoking. There are a few typos in this edition, but that's the publisher's fault. Hazen has done an excellent job of telling the story of the synthetic diamond.
Date published: 2002-09-24

Table of Contents

Preface; Prologue; 1. Mysteries; 2. Attempts; 3. The legacy of Percy Bridgman; 4. Baltzar von Platen and the incredible diamond machine; 5. The crystals of Loring Coes; 6. Project Superpressure; 7. Breakthrough; 8. Secrets; 9. Risky business; 10. The rivals; 11. The new diamond makers: diamond by explosion; 12. The new diamond makers: diamonds from a vapor; 13. The diamond breakers; Epilogue.

From Our Editors

Diamonds are as popular today as they ever have been. Although this precious jewel never goes out of style, most of the earth’s diamonds are underground and unaccessible to us. To compensate for this, man has tried for centuries to create synthetic diamonds. In The Diamond Makers, Robert M. Hazen examines the pioneers, success stories and frauds of this cutthroat business. The synthetic diamond industry uses any carbon-rich material, from road tar to peanut butter, to achieve the desired product. This exciting account contains personal interviews with important members of the diamond industry. 

Editorial Reviews

"There is virtually no way that The Diamond Makers could miss being an excellent work of great interest to geologists, mineralogists, gemologists, and science historians as well as the layman who enjoys a good read...a fascinating book...The story of diamond synthesis research is so excitingly told that any lay-person, even relatively young ones, would have a hard time putting it down once started and by the time he or she gets to the last page they will have painlessly picked up a lot of science and, most important, have come to realize that science can be pretty exciting stuff." Earth Sciences History