Between Genius And Genocide: The Tragedy of Fritz Haber, by Daniel Charles

By Daniel Charles

In January 1934, as Hitler's shadow started to fall throughout Europe, a brief, bald guy sporting a German passport arrived on the lodge Euler in Basle. He appeared haunted and stressed, as if he urgently had to be in different places.

Fritz Haber, Nobel laureate in chemistry, confidante of Albert Einstein and German battle hero, had arrived in Basle a damaged guy and, 3 days later, he died leaving an doubtful legacy. For a few, the nice German chemist used to be a benefactor of humanity, winner of a Nobel prize for inventing the way to nourish farmers' fields with nitrogen captured from the air. For others, he was once a battle legal who for my part supervised the unleashing of chlorine clouds opposed to British, French and Canadian troops in international struggle I.

Tragedy marked his lifestyles. per week after the 1st gasoline assault in 1915, Haber's spouse took his pistol and shot herself. And in 1933, whilst Hitler got here to energy, 'the Jew Haber' used to be one of the first scientists pushed out of Germany. inside a 12 months, Haber used to be useless - denied honour either in his native land and overseas.

No existence unearths the ethical paradox of technology - its means to create and damage - extra in actual fact than Fritz Haber's. Between Genius and Genocide is a narrative jam-packed with ambition, patriotism, hubris and tragedy, set amidst large technological advances, fingers races, mounting imperialism and war.

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