The Big Bang: A History of Explosives
- Publish Date: 2005-01-27
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: G. I. Brown
From the first gunpowder up through the H-bomb, this is an entertaining and informative look at the development and use of explosives throughout history. Laying the emphasis on the lives of the people involved, on the diverse uses of explosives, and on their social and historical impact, it relates a story of remarkable international human endeavor. Many of those involvedincluding Roger Bacon, Guy Fawkes, Alfred Nobel, and Robert Oppenheimerare famed worldwide, while otherssuch as C.F. Schonbein, William Bickford, Sir Frederick Abel, and Charles E. Munroeplayed crucial roles behind the scenes. Alongside their achievements, the uses and impact of explosives in both war and terrorism as well as in civil engineering, quarrying, mining, demolition, fireworks manufacture, shooting for sport are all detailed.