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The Big Bang: A History of Explosives
     

The Big Bang: A History of Explosives

by G.I. I. Brown, Adam Hart-Davis (Foreword by)
 

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From the Author:

There are a number of good books on explosives written for the professional, but I have tried to tell their tale in a non-technical way by laying the emhasis on the people concerned, on the various uses of explosives, and on their historical and social impact. Dr. Adam Hart-Davis refers to my work as a 'splendid book' and writes that I

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From the Author:

There are a number of good books on explosives written for the professional, but I have tried to tell their tale in a non-technical way by laying the emhasis on the people concerned, on the various uses of explosives, and on their historical and social impact. Dr. Adam Hart-Davis refers to my work as a 'splendid book' and writes that I have done an 'exceptional job of weaving together the strands of history, biography, politics and science'. The British Army Review summarises the book as an 'interesting, informative and entertaining read'. Chemistry and Industry refers to a 'fascinating book'  which is an 'impressive undertaking'. The School Science Review says that 'it is a riveting read' and 'so well written that the story flows along and holds the reader enthralled'. And Chemistry in Britain 'thorougly recommends it to all school and universiity libraries'.

About the Author:

G.I.Brown was educated at Kingswood School, Bath and Magdalen College, Oxford. He served as a technical officer with Special Operations Executive in England and with the Services Reconnaissance Department in Australia. Thereafter, he taught Chemistry and was a Housemaster at Eton College until he retired in 1984. He is the author of several highly successful chemistry textbooks with wordlwide sales close to a million, and of The Guinness History of Inventions (1996) and Scientist, Soldier, Statesman, Spy.

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A retired chemistry professor narrates the thousand-year history of the powerful portable energy source, from the appearance of gunpowder in China about AD 850 to atomic bombs. He emphasizes the lives of the people involved, the diverse uses of explosives, and their social and historical impact. His treatment is well illustrated and suitable for both historians and general readers. An appendix provides technical chemical data. Distributed by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780750923613
Publisher:
Sutton Publishing
Publication date:
10/25/1999
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.81(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.68(d)

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