Fritz Haber And What's Eating America

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Fritz Haber was a German chemist who won the Nobel Prize in 1918 for "improving the standards of agriculture and the well-being of mankind". Yet the same process that landed him the highest honor for saving many lives ended up taking just as many away. He threw himself into the World War I by making bombs out of the love of his country. In the Radiolab Podcast about Haber and "What's Eating America" by Michael Pollard talks about how hard it is to place Haber under the category of good or evil. Although his actions may seem ambiguous, his contribution to science was more good than bad.
In the beginning of the 20th century, many people began to worry that the earth couldn't provide for everyone. Sooner or later it would run out of food and we starve to
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The same thing that can be used to bring on life can lead to death because it's a trivalent bond. He made bombs and poisonous gases helping Germany at the frontline. Also making gears for the troops to wear so they wouldn't be affected by the gases. This is where Haber just got infatuated with being a part of the war. Even his wife tried stopping him by committing suicide so he won't have any other choice but to stay home and take care of their son. Yet that didn't stop him he left his 13 years old home alone to fend for himself while he went off to play war hero.
Haber was "morally bankrupt"(Radiolab) like his wife had said but he didn't see it that way. He saw it as a wonderful success, that's where he downfall as a person. The war made him a little greedy for success, he kept trying to do better than his last invention in efforts to win the war. When Germany lost the war he was embarrassed and tried to help them pay off the reparations by inventing a device to get the distilled gold from the ocean floor. After trying and failing for 5 years he fled from his beloved homeland when Hitler came to

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