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    DescriptionWith carbon we access heat, light and mobility at the flick of a switch, while silicon enables us to communicate across the globe in an instant. Yet our use of the Earth's mineral resources is not always for the benefit of humankind our relationship with the elements is one of great ambivalence. Uranium is both productive (nuclear power) and destructive (nuclear bombs); iron is the bloody weapon of war, but also the economic tool of peace; our desire for alluring gold is the foundation of global trade, but has also led to the death of millions. John Browne, CEO of British Petroleum (BP) for twelve years, vividly describes how seven elements are shaping the world around us, for better and for worse. Combining history, science, and politics, Seven Elements takes you on a present-day adventure of human passion and innovation. This journey is far from over: we continue to find surprising new uses for these seven elements. In this narrative of discovery, readers will come to understand how titanium pervades modern consumer society, how natural gas is transforming the global energy sector, and how an innovative new form of carbon could be starting a technology revolution."

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    Seven Elements That Changed the World
    An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Browne
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9781605985404
    ISBN 10: 1605985406

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    DC22: 546
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    DC23: 546
    LC classification: CB478 .B76 2014
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    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones, colour illustrations, maps
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    Publication date
    29 September 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Part popular science, part history, part memoir, these pages are infused with insight and lifted by the innate optimism of a scientist. --Brian Cox, physicist, broadcaster, and author of The Quantum Universe"