The Worlds Greatest Fix: A History of Nitrogen and Agriculture by G. J. Leigh

The Worlds Greatest Fix: A History of Nitrogen and Agriculture

byG. J. Leigh

Hardcover | August 19, 2004

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In the tradition of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, this gives the very early history of how human ingenuity overcame the risk of famine through productive agriculture. Starting with a layman's guide to the chemistry of nitrogen fixation, the book goes on to show how humans emergedfrom nomadic lifestyles and began developing towns and settlements. When they for the first time began planting the same fields year after year, they noticed quickly the need to ensure soil fertility. But how? The method they came up with is still in use to this day.

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G. J. Leigh is at University of Sussex (Emeritus).
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Title:The Worlds Greatest Fix: A History of Nitrogen and AgricultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:August 19, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195165829

ISBN - 13:9780195165821

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Table of Contents

G.J. Leigh: 1. Nitrogen Fixation, Agriculture, and the Environment2. The Development of Agriculture3. The Development of English Agriculture and the Recognition of the Fertiliser Deficit4. The Discovery of Nitrogen and the Disappearance of Alchemical Nitre5. The Triumph of Industrial Chemistry6. The Continuing Mystery of Biological Nitrogen Fixation7. Nitrogen, Threat of Benefaction?NotesIndex

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"This is a story of guns and grain and for that matter productivity and pollution, because the nitrogen not taken up by crops is now fouling the world's waterways. This story with epic sweep, told perhaps not always with epic grace but with the sureness of a lifetime's scholarship." heGuardian