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 somewhere else.

Fritz Haber, Nobel laureate in chemistry, confidante of Albert Einstein and German conflict 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 was once 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 in my opinion supervised the unleashing of chlorine clouds opposed to British, French and Canadian troops in international conflict 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, while Hitler got here to strength, 'the Jew Haber' used to be one of the first scientists pushed out of Germany. inside of a yr, Haber used to be useless - denied honour either in his native land and overseas.

No lifestyles unearths the ethical paradox of technology - its capability to create and smash - extra in actual fact than Fritz Haber's. Between Genius and Genocide is a narrative full of ambition, patriotism, hubris and tragedy, set amidst large technological advances, hands races, mounting imperialism and war.

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