Explosives: History with a Bang

Explosives: History with a Bang


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Explosives: History with a Bang by G.I. Brown

The dramatic history of explosives, from the invention of gunpowder to the H-bomb
Laying the emphasis on the lives of the people involved, on the diverse uses of explosives, and on their social and historical impact, this entertaining history relates a story of remarkable international and human endeavor. Many of those involved—Roger Bacon, Guy Fawkes, Alfred Nobel, Robert Oppenheimer—are famed worldwide; others, such as C.F. Schonbein, William Bickford, Sir Frederick Abel, and Charles E. Munroe, though less well-known, also played critical roles. Alongside their achievements, this book highlights the uses and impact of explosives in both war and terrorism, and in civil engineering, quarrying, mining, demolition, fireworks manufacture, and shooting for sport. In many cases explosives are seen to have had a significant historical impact as, for example, in the early use of gunpowder in the Civil War, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the worldwide opening up of canals and railways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752456966
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,293,446
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

G. I. Brown is the author of Count Rumford and several highly successful chemistry textbooks. Adam Hart-Davis is the author of History: The Definitive Visual Guide, Science: The Definitive Visual Guide, and Why Does a Ball Bounce?

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