Tears of the Tree: The Story of Rubber

Tears of the Tree: The Story of Rubber

by John Loadman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198568401

ISBN-13: 9780198568407

Pub. Date: 09/02/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Imagine a world without rubber—neither tires for driving or flying nor bouncing balls for sports, neither seals for washing machines and dishwashers, nor medical gloves—no elastics. This unique book tells the fascinating story of four thousand years of rubber—from its significance in Mayan religious rituals and culture to its pivotal role in today's

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Imagine a world without rubber—neither tires for driving or flying nor bouncing balls for sports, neither seals for washing machines and dishwashers, nor medical gloves—no elastics. This unique book tells the fascinating story of four thousand years of rubber—from its significance in Mayan religious rituals and culture to its pivotal role in today's world. It is seen through the lives of the adventurers and scientists who promoted it, lusted after it and eventually tamed it into the ubiquitous, yet crucial material of our lives today. It also examines the lives of those who caused the deaths of millions of natives in Africa and South America while seeking to satisfy the developing world's demand for this material. Written in a biographical format, the book examines why rubber ages and deteriorates and how the ravages of time may be ameliorated. It deals with our current concern for the environment and various options for 'waste disposal'. For the majority of people who think they know 'the truth' about rubber, this book may offer many surprises.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198568407
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/02/2005
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Mesoamericans and the 'All American Ball Game'
2. Europe Goes West
3. What's in a Name?
4. The Battles of the Giants—Charles Goodyear
5. The Battles of the Giants—Thomas Hancock
6. Rubber Goes East
7. The King and the Congo
8. Slaves to Rubber
9. Competition!
10. The Heavy Mob
11. Chemicals and Curatives
12. Padding or Performance Enhancer?
13. The Rot Sets In
14. Death and Destruction
15. Timeline

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