Explosives

Explosives : History with a Bang

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This entertaining and informative book tells the dramatic tale of explosives from gunpowder to the H-bomb. Laying the emphasis on the lives of the people involved, on the diverse uses of explosives and on their social and historical impact, the author relates a story of remarkable international and human endeavour. Many of those involved - Roger Bacon, Guy Fawkes, Alfred Nobel, Robert Oppenheimer - are famed worldwide; others, such as C.F. Schonbein, William Bickford, Sir Frederick Abel and Charles E. Munroe, though less well-known, also played critical roles. Alongside their achievements, this book highlights the uses and impact of explosives in both war and terrorism, and in civil engineering, quarrying, mining, demolition, fireworks manufacture and shooting for sport. In many cases explosives are seen to have had a significant historical impact as, for example, in the early use of gunpowder in the American Civil War, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the worldwide opening up of canals and railways. G. I. BROWN was educated at Blackburn Grammar School, Kingswood School, and Magdalen College, Oxford. He served as a technical officer with Special Operations Executive in England and with the Services Reconnaissance Department in Australia. Thereafter, he taught chemistry and was a housemaster at Eton College until he retired in 1984. He is the author of several highly successful chemistry textbooks with worldwide sales close to one million.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 122 x 194 x 26mm | 299.37g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752456962
  • 9780752456966
  • 576,514

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"Great blasts from the past and how it all started with a few fireworks." "Guardian""show more

About G. I. Brown

G. I. BROWN was educated at Blackburn Grammar School, Kingswood School, and Magdalen College, Oxford. He served as a technical officer with Special Operations Executive in England and with the Services Reconnaissance Department in Australia. Thereafter, he taught chemistry and was a housemaster at Eton College until he retired in 1984. He is the author of several highly successful chemistry textbooks with worldwide sales close to one million.show more

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