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    DescriptionPraise for "Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History" "It's the sort of book that has you saying 'Wow, listen to this...' and 'Did you know...' to companions over and over." --The Globe and Mail "Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History" is a beautifully presented guide to the minerals that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. These are the materials used from the Stone Age to the First and Second Industrial Revolutions to the Nuclear Age and include metals, ores, alloys, salts, rocks, sodium, mercury, steel and uranium. The book also includes minerals used as currency, as jewelry and as lay and religious ornamentation when combined with gem minerals like diamonds, amber, coral, and jade. Entries are organized by name and considered for their influence in four categories: Industrial, Cultural, Commercial and Scientific. More than 200 elegant drawings, photographs, paintings and excerpts from literature highlight the concise text. Examples of the fifty minerals are: Diamonds: Did a necklace ordered by Louis XV precipitate the French Revolution? Sulphur: The biblical brimstone now used in organic farming. Clay: The oldest ceramic object is not a cooking pot or drinking bowl, but a statuette. Arsenic: Was Napoleon murdered while imprisoned on the island of St. Helena? Coal: The Romans invented the first central heating system. Saltpeter: China's fourth "Great Invention" was perhaps not so great after all. Salt: Once used as currency, we give it little thought today. Jade: The Chinese fabric of "pajamas for eternity." Ubiquitous or rare, the minerals described in "Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History" have been fundamental to human progress, for good or evil. Many are familiar--the aluminum can we drink from, the car we drive, the jewelry we wear. They can be poisons, medicines or weapons, but wherever found and however used, their importance can be easily overlooked. This attractive reference gives us fascinating insight into our undeniable dependence on minerals.


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    Title
    Fifty Minerals That Changed the Course of History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eric Chaline
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 223
    Width: 173 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781554079841
    ISBN 10: 1554079845
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 560
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BIC subject category V2: WNR
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: NAT030000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    DC22: 549.09
    DC21: 549.09
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QE359.A1 C43 2012
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHB, WNR
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
    Publisher
    FIREFLY BOOKS
    Imprint name
    FIREFLY BOOKS
    Publication date
    19 July 2012
    Author Information
    Eric Chaline is a journalist and writer. He is the author of "Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History," as well as numerous titles on philosophy and history. He lives in the UK, where he is conducting doctoral research in sociology at South Bank University, London.
    Review quote
    This is a beautiful book, nicely bound and richly illustrated... written in an easy to read, casual style. It may be of interest to middle or high school students, or their teachers who are looking for some historical background on these minerals. It is also suitable for the layperson.--Blaise J. Arena, Arena Consulting, Des Plaines, IL"Science Books and Film" (05/01/2013)