The Chemical Age  


The Chemical Age
April 22, 2021 | 368 pages
ISBN: 9780226697246

"It has been nearly 60 years since the publication of Silent Spring, in which Rachel Carson brought to light evidence of the devastating ecological effects of pesticides. This book, by Frank von Hippel, is a sweeping history of these chemicals and our complicated relationship with them. It shows how they've made the modern world possible, while at the same time threatening its essential fabric. "This book starts with a tragedy that led scientists on an urgent mission to prevent famine with chemicals," von Hippel writes in his manuscript's Prologue. "It ends with the realization that those chemicals were insidiously damaging human health and driving species toward extinction." Along the way, we learn how pesticides' destructive legacy led to the environmental movement and made possible a new era of ecological thinking"--