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Edwin E. Slosson

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Description:

Slosson reviews the transformation of alchemistry from an obscure and imprecise practice to the science of chemistry. Along the way, he explains how the modern industrial world now relies on fertilizers, explosives, textile materials, polymers and metals. By exploring the properties of a once undervalued element, the high strength of vanadium steel made the Ford car possible. Another element, cerium, appears in butane lighters and was once seen as a threat to the match industry in France. In his chapter on oils, Slosson reviews the development of hydrogenated oils, especially during WWII, in the search for a way to reuse otherwise discarded components of corn and cottonseed. Through the revolutionary reaction of hydrogenation, waste materials became a stable product that wouldn't spoil when packaged or carried without refrigeration. Once thought of as a miracle, shoppers were once willing to pay more for fully hydrogenated oils than their natural, unsaturated forms. Only in recent years has evidence of health risks checked their popularity and given them the image of cheap, unhealthy fillers. (Summary by LivelyHive)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

11h 6m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

13:05


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

49:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

49:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

30:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

41:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

40:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

41:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

37:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

41:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

37:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

34:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

44:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

41:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:00:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

37:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

43:27