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The Chemists' War: 1914-1918 [Paperback]

Item : The Chemists' War: 1914-1918 [Paperback]
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Author Author : Freemantle, Michael
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1849739897
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781849739894
Publisher Publisher : Royal Society of Chemistry
Pages Pages : 358
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100121524

The 1914-18 war has been referred to as the chemists war and to commemorate the centenary, this collection of essays will examine various facets of the role of chemistry in the First World War. The industrial-scale slaughter of the war was underpinned by the industrial-scale production of a vast variety of chemicals, particularly chemical warfare agents, propellants and high explosives, and metals for the manufacture of shells and guns. However, chemicals not only killed, they also played a key role in the protection of troops and the care of the sick and wounded. Alloy steels for armour, dyes for camouflaging military and naval uniforms, disinfectants, antiseptics, pharmaceutical preparations, anaesthetics, and painkillers are all examples. Written by an experienced science writer and aimed at the general reader, this book will be of interest to scientists and historians with an interest in this technologically challenging time.

Within months of the start of the First World War, Germany began to run out of the raw materials it needed to make explosives. As Germany faced imminent defeat, chemists such as Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch came to the rescue with Nobel Prize winning discoveries that overcame the shortages and enabled the country to continue in the war. Similarly, Britain could not have sustained its war effort for four years had it not been for chemists like Chaim Weizmann who was later to become the first president of the State of Israel.

Michael Freemantle tells the stories of these and many other chemists and explains how their work underpinned and shaped what became known as The Chemists War. He reveals:

how chemistry contributed to the care of the sick and wounded and to the health and safety of troops;
how coal not only powered the war but was also an important source of the chemicals needed for the manufacture of explosives, dyes, medicines and antiseptics;
how Britains production of propellants relied on the slaughter ol(

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