By Daniel Charles
Fritz Haber, Nobel laureate in chemistry, confidante of Albert Einstein and German warfare hero, had arrived in Basle a damaged guy and, 3 days later, he died leaving an doubtful legacy. For a few, the good German chemist used to be a benefactor of humanity, winner of a Nobel prize for inventing how to nourish farmers' fields with nitrogen captured from the air. For others, he was once a battle legal who individually supervised the unleashing of chlorine clouds opposed to British, French and Canadian troops in global conflict I.
Tragedy marked his lifestyles. every week after the 1st gasoline assault in 1915, Haber's spouse took his pistol and shot herself. And in 1933, while Hitler got here to energy, 'the Jew Haber' used to be one of the first scientists pushed out of Germany. inside a yr, Haber used to be lifeless - denied honour either in his place of origin and overseas.
No lifestyles unearths the ethical paradox of technology - its ability to create and smash - extra basically than Fritz Haber's. Between Genius and Genocide is a narrative jam-packed with ambition, patriotism, hubris and tragedy, set amidst large technological advances, hands races, mounting imperialism and war.
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