The Diamond Makers

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The Diamond Makers

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 244 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521654746
  • DDC分類 666.88

基本説明

The vivid blend of dramatic personal stories and extraordinary scientific advances - and devastating failures - brings alive the quest to create diamond.

Full Description


Humans have treasured diamonds for their exquisite beauty and unrivaled hardness for thousands of years. Deep within the earth, diamonds grow. Diamonds the size of footballs, the size of watermelons - billions of tons of diamonds wait for eternity a hundred miles beyond our reach. Spanning centuries of ground-breaking science, bitter rivalry, outright fraud, and self-delusion, The Diamond Makers is a compelling narrative centered around the brilliant, often eccentric, and controversial pioneers of high pressure research. This vivid blend of dramatic personal stories and extraordinary scientific advances - and devastating failures - brings alive the quest to create diamond. Scientists have harnessed crushing pressures and scorching temperatures to transform almost any carbon-rich material, from road tar to peanut butter, into the most prized of gems. The book reveals the human dimensions of research - the competition, bravery, jealousy, teamwork, and greed that ultimately led to today's billion-dollar diamond synthesis industry.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            vii (6)
Prologue xiii
1 Mysteries 1 (15)
2 Attempts 16 (23)
3 The legacy of Percy Bridgman 39 (22)
4 Baltzar von Platen and the Incredible 61 (17)
Diamond Machine
5 The crystals of Loring Coes 78 (17)
6 Project Superpressure 95 (17)
7 Breakthrough 112 (19)
8 Secrets 131 (23)
9 Risky business 154 (16)
10 The rivals 170 (20)
11 The new diamond makers: diamonds by 190 (9)
explosion
12 The new diamond makers: diamonds from a 199 (14)
vapor
13 The diamond breakers 213 (22)
Epilogue 235 (2)
Index 237