Between Genius and Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber, Father of Chemical Warfare

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9780224064446: Between Genius and Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber, Father of Chemical Warfare

In January 1934, as Hitler's shadow began to fall across Europe, a short, bald man carrying a German passport arrived at the Hotel Euler in Basle. He seemed haunted and restless, as though he urgently needed to be elsewhere. Fritz Haber, Nobel laureate in chemistry, confidante of Albert Einstein and German war hero, had arrived in Basle a broken man and, three days later, he died leaving an uncertain legacy. For some, the great German chemist was a benefactor of humanity, winner of a Nobel prize for inventing a way to nourish farmers' fields with nitrogen captured from the air. (Our bodies bear witness to this invention's power: half of the essential nitrogen atoms in our flesh come from a Haber-style factory.) For others, he was a war criminal who personally supervised the unleashing of chlorine clouds against British, French and Canadian troops in World War I. Tragedy marked his life. A week after the first gas attack in 1915, Haber's wife took his pistol and shot herself. And in 1933, when Hitler came to power, 'the Jew Haber' was among the first scientists driven out of Germany. 'I'm pleased that your love for the blonde beast has cooled off a bit,' Haber's friend Albert Einstein wrote sardonically. Within a year, Haber was dead - denied honour both in his homeland and abroad. No life reveals the moral paradox of science - its capacity to create and destroy - more clearly than Fritz Haber's. Between Genius and Genocide reveals a life filled with ambition, patriotism, hubris and tragedy, set amidst huge technological advances, arms races, mounting imperialism and war.

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Charles, Dan
Editore: Jonathan Cape (2005)
ISBN 10: 0224064444 ISBN 13: 9780224064446
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Descrizione libro Jonathan Cape, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110224064444

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