Fifty Minerals That Changed the Course of History


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Fifty Minerals That Changed the Course of History Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Apple Press Pages: 224 Language: English ISBN: 9781845435073 Categories: , , ,

Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History is a beuatifully presented guide to the minerals that have shaped and defined our lives. Weaving together strands of econimic, cultural, political and industrial history, each entry gives a fascinating perspective on the scope and pace of human development and the dangers posed by our exploitation of Earth’s resources. From flint and obsidian to bronze and iron, the book explores the history of industry from the earliest recorded history, and marvels at the extraordinary works of art produced in gold, silver, ivory and jade by the great classical civilisations of the Old and New Worlds. Moving into modern times, the book charts the industrialisation of societites though the use of fossil fuels, the production of steel and aluminium and the harnessing of nuclear energy from uranium and plutonium.

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Author Biography

Eric Chaline is a professional journalist and writer specializing in history, philosophy, and religion. A graduate of Cambridge University and The School of African and Oriental Studies, London, he lived in Tokyo for seven years where he was English-language editor for Kodansha Publishers. More recently, he has published titles on philosophy, including The Book of Zen and The Book of Gods, and on history, including Traveler's Guide to the Ancient World: Ancient Greece, History's Worst Inventions, History's Greatest Deceptions, and History's Worst Predictions. He now lives and works in London, where he is conducting doctoral research in sociology at South Bank University.