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Gas! Gas! Quick Boys: How Chemistry Changed the First World War

Gas! Gas! Quick Boys: How Chemistry Changed the First World War
Autor: Michael Freemantle
Data publikacji: 2012-09
ISBN: 9780752466019
Język: angielski
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 240
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Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! reveals for the first time the true extent of how chemistry rather than military strategy determined the shape, duration and outcome of the First World War.

 Chemistry was not only a destructive instrument of war but also protected troops, and healed the sick and wounded.

   From bombs to bullets, gas to anaesthetic, khaki to camouflage chemistry was truly the alchemy of the First World War.

 Michael Freemantle explores its dangers and its healing potential, revealing how the arms race was also a race for chemistry to the extent that Germany’s thirst for fertilizer to feed the creation of their shells, nearly starved the nation.

 He answers question such as: What is cordite? What is lyddite? What is mustard gas? What is phosgene? What is gunmetal?

   This is a true picture of the horrors of the ‘Chemists’ War’.

DR MICHAEL FREEMANTLE is a renowned chemist, he was Senior Correspondent for Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society and has also been Science Writer in Residence at Queen’s University, Belfast. He has written numerous books on the history of chemistry and has had a lifelong fascination with the history of the First World War. 

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