> ♣Slew Foot♣ Wrote:
> Xygon gas used in ww1 was a by product of chemical fertilizer the
> inventor of chemical fertilizer made possible for the planets population
> to expand. He killed 4 million with the gas but 20 million more ppl
> could live. Its used in chemotherapy. Was he a good guy?
I actually work for BASF, which is a large old german chemical comany -old enough to have been on the side of the villains, combined with Bayer as IG Fargen during WW2. gross history but I think now it's actually made them more morally conscious (along with much of Germany as a whole) out of embarassment or whatever
But there was a recent book about them, Haber and Bosch called the alchemy of air and it's a super interesting read. these two created arguably the most important chemical process in all of history - the conversion of nitrogen from air into ammonia for fertilizers and munitions. in fact it is so prolific that an estimated >70% of ALL of the nitrogen in your body came from that process, through the fertilizers in the food you eat. WILD!
on one hand you could see them driven by the good that could come from enabling food production to feed masses, while the same scientists developed poison gas to kill millions. Like they were driven by the possibilities of chemistry, what goals it could serve, with little regard to the consequences or morality. it's truly interesting and a very amazing and important chemistry even today - even now as much as 5% of all of our CO2 emissions, as much as 1/5th of all cars combined, comes just from making hydrogen to make the Haber Bosch process work. Chemistry is super cool yall and it can be super dangerous too - the potential and possibilites and consequences. very neat facts indeed