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Comment: Re:Fritz Haber (Score 1) 224

by Noah Haders (#49122377) Attached to: 100 Years of Chemical Weapons

I would also question the idea of Haber developing artificial materials using the Haber process.
It made ammonia which is a naturally occurring compound and ammonia made by the Haber Bosch process is identical in all ways to that which is formed by nature.

yes this is the very exact point. Before Haber you had to haul saltpeter across the globe to have the materials you needed to make fertilizer and dynamite. After Haber one could make as much of this stuff as you wanted without needing the natural materials. think of it more as a supply chain problem and solution.

Also there's not really a difference between dynamite and tnt.

Comment: Re:Fritz Haber (Score 1) 224

by Noah Haders (#49114357) Attached to: 100 Years of Chemical Weapons

yes it's crazy, no? Nobel invented the process of making TNT, but it required naturally-occuring saltpeter. Haber invented the process to make artificial saltpeter, which meant TNT could be made in a factory without needing to import the saltpeter from overseas. The same german factories that produced nitrogen fertilizer to make food also produced the TNT for war. the intersection of science and society is a weird place!

Comment: Fritz Haber (Score 5, Interesting) 224

by Noah Haders (#49113567) Attached to: 100 Years of Chemical Weapons

Fritz Haber was an interesting guy. He won a Nobel Prize for synthesizing ammonia from atmospheric hydrogen and nitrogen. This was the basis of nitrogen-rich fertilizer that basically fed the world by making crop lands more productive. But he also developed the chlorine gas for the german govt and advocated for its use. Two weeks after the first chlorine gas attack his wife killed herself with his service revolver after an argument over its use.

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