Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare

Master Mind The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare FRITZ HABER a Nobel laureate in chemistry a friend of Albert Einstein a German Jew and World War I hero may be the most important scientist you have never heard of The Haber Bosch process which he

  • Title: Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber, the Nobel Laureate Who Launched the Age of Chemical Warfare
  • Author: Daniel Charles
  • ISBN: 9780060562724
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Hardcover
  • FRITZ HABER a Nobel laureate in chemistry, a friend of Albert Einstein, a German Jew and World War I hero may be the most important scientist you have never heard of The Haber Bosch process, which he invented at the turn of the twentieth century, revolutionized agriculture by converting nitrogen to fertilizer in quantities massive enough to feed the world The invenFRITZ HABER a Nobel laureate in chemistry, a friend of Albert Einstein, a German Jew and World War I hero may be the most important scientist you have never heard of The Haber Bosch process, which he invented at the turn of the twentieth century, revolutionized agriculture by converting nitrogen to fertilizer in quantities massive enough to feed the world The invention has become an essential pillar for life on earth some two billion people on our planet could not survive without it Yet this same process supplied the German military with explosives during World War I, and Haber orchestrated Germany s use of an entirely new weapon poison gas Eventually, Haber s efforts led to Zyklon B, the gas later used to kill millions including Haber s own relatives in Nazi concentration camps.Haber is the patron saint of guns and butter, a scientist whose discoveries transformed the way we produce food and fight wars His legacy is filled with contradictions, as was his personality For some, he was a benefactor of humanity and devoted friend For others, he was a war criminal, possessed by raw ambition An intellectual gunslinger, enad of technical progress and driven by patriotic devotion to Germany, he was instrumental in the scientific work that inadvertently supported the Nazi cause a Jew and a German patriot, he was at once an enabler of the Nazi regime and its victim.Master Mind is a thought provoking biography of this controversial scientist, a modern Faust who personifies the paradox of science, its ability to create and to destroy It offers a complete chronicle of his tumultuous and ultimately tragic life, from his childhood and rise to prominence in the heady days of the German Empire to his disgrace and exile at the hands of the Nazis from early decades as the hero who eliminated the threat of starvation to his lingering legacy as a villain whose work led to the demise of millions.

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    1. I enjoyed this and felt like I learned quite a lot about Fritz Haber's life, beyond the bare facts that I already knew. I think it's a great example of how complex people can be, neither good nor evil, but products of their time, surroundings and upbringing. This was overall very well written, engaging and quick to get through. There were some digressions from the main story, such as when Daniel Charles talks about crop fertilisers (a subject he has written about elsewhere) but on the whole I th [...]

    2. I had been wanting to read about Fritz Haber for some time. When I was reading a lot about the Holocaust, and the science involved in itof course, Haber's name came up, since a gas he had a lot to do with 'creating' was used in the gas chambers of the Reich to kill the Jews, the disabled, and anyone else the Nazis didn't like. That alone was enough to make me not like the man. Then I saw something on television recently about his work during World War I, and how he created the chlorine and musta [...]

    3. I have many strong feelings about the historical figure that is Fritz Haber. Admittedly, I have read this biography as the first step in a lengthy research project that will consume about a third of my time in the coming months. I was spurred to study this often forgotten scientist after hearing the rumour that this book does not put much stock in that Haber's wife, Clara Immerwahr, the first women to receive a doctorate in chemistry from the university of Breslau, committed suicide because of F [...]

    4. Wow! What an amazing and frightening story! A German Jewish scientist who would use his expertise in chemistry to create fertilizer to enable crop production to support the burgeoning world population and would also develop the use of chemical weapons to destroy enemy populations in WWI. The dichotomy between his scientific discoveries is not lost on his first wife: She kills herself after watching chlorine gas successfully used on enemy soldiers in 1915.

    5. A straightforward story of a man who seems to have been pretty unexceptional himself except for the extraordinary things he did. The title gives you a clue to just two of them. He led development of Germany's WWI poison gas programme, and it has been suggested his wife killed herself as a reaction (though Charles is not convinced). If that wasn't enough, he was friends with Einstein, helped Germany's military have adequate explosives through Britain's blockade in WWI, was a jew who designed the [...]

    6. Fritz Haber was a man of his time coming to maturity as industrialization was sweeping the old world, and science was astonishing the masses and lighting the imagination of philosophers. He was rabidly patriotic, his love of country and desire to be her servant was his most consistent personality trait. He was born into an age where class and culture was stratified, and coming from a Jewish background many of the paths he desired were blocked to him, but he had boundless confidence in himself an [...]

    7. Prior to stumbling on this book while fooling on the internet, I had not heard of Fritz Haber. I have studied both biology and chemistry, but I had little appreciation of the crucial role nitrogen plays in life. In fact, it was only a year or so ago when I visited the birthplace of George Carver Washington that I did finally appreciate the importance of nitrogen. This despite the fact that I grew up surrounded by ammonia from a nearby plant! Education has been very inpractical for me. I continue [...]

    8. A clear and concise story of Fritz Haber, which shows great insight into the man behind the research. Several major milestones of chemistry are explained in fantastic context, along with the history of German and world wide science. The moral implications explored are very interesting, from the environmental effects of too much fertiliser, to the introduction of chemical weapons. Highly recommend to history and science buffs alike.

    9. Absolutely enthralling tale of a super brain caught on the wrong side of the fence . The story shakes us from our present day technological obsession with all things electronic and high tech throwing us back to a forgotten but hugely wide reaching technological breakthrough , nitrogen fertilizers . And the irony of the human condition is easy to see when the same techniques cause so much life loss . All in all a very percepient peek into the Nazi science machine and its eventual downfall.

    10. A fair representation of a terribly flawed human being. It is easy to look at Haber's life, and the choices he made as the indication of a lost moral compass some way along the way, but it's much more than, stretched over decades where much was changing. He was a brillaint man in a time where brilliance was used in insidiuos ways. Good book.

    11. Again a very compelling lesson of the power - for good or bad - scientists have come to wield in the modern world and also a lesson that retribution follows eventually in the account of this near-Faustian figure

    12. Fascinating story of a deeply flawed human being and the two great wars of the twentieth century. Well worth reading for anyone interested in science and the ends to which it can be used, both good and perverted.

    13. Firstly this would make a great movie. Haber's life has so many ups and downs along with morality tales, war, birth, death , suicide.I think that many people reading this are chemists. I would have liked to see a few equations and more details of the procedures.

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