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Between Genius And Genocide

The Tragedy of Fritz Haber, Father of Chemical Warfare

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Between Genius And Genocide by Daniel Charles
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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. 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. 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 is a

Author Biography

Journalist Daniel Charles has worked for National Public Radio and for New Scientist. He has been a Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a German Academic Exchange Service Scholar in Bonn. He is the author of Lords of the Harvest- Biotechnology, Big Money, and the Future of Food. He lives in Washington, D. C.
Release date NZ
August 3rd, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
app 20 intergrated b/w photographs
Imprint
Pimlico
Pages
336
Dimensions
136x216x24
ISBN-13
9781844130924
Product ID
1648000

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