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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Table of ContentsThe Invention of Gunpowder
The Powder Trust
'Crakys of War'
Mining and Civil Engineering
Lyddite and TNT
Setting it Off
The Manhattan Project