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Seven 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

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Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014.

John Browne’s seven elements are Iron, Carbon, Silver, Uranium, Titanium and Silicon and he gives readers a historical overview of their discovery, their uses throughout history showing how science has shaped and moulded each element. He also looks at how these elements impact on our lives, looks to the future and the new uses that will be developed and also how we can avoid pollution and create a greener world.

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

Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014.

Humans have put the Earth's resources to extraordinary use, but not always for the benefit of humankind. SEVEN ELEMENTS vividly describes how iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium and silicon have shaped the world around us - for good and for bad. This book takes you on an adventure of human passion, ingenuity and discovery, but it is a journey that is far from over: we continue to find surprising new uses for each of these seven key 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 ELEMENTS is a unique mix of science, history and politics, interwoven with the author's extensive personal and professional experience.

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'It is hard to think of another magnate who has written a general interest book of equal fascination...' -- Christopher Hirst The Independent


About the Author

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, regularly voted the most admired businessman by his peers.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th February 2014

Author

John Browne

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Popular Science
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Economics

ISBN

9781780224367

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