Pyrite: A Natural History of Fool's Gold

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9780190203672: Pyrite: A Natural History of Fool's Gold
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"In a remarkable feat of alchemy, David Rickard has transformed a common mineral into literary gold. Science, poetry, history, and folklore blend in this tale of pyrite -- a magical substance that illuminates our planet's co-evolving geosphere and biosphere. --Robert M. Hazen, Carnegie Institution for Science and author of The Story of Earth. "Popular books about minerals containing more than pretty pictures are rare, so this is a welcome addition. It may seem strange to focus on just one mineral but pyrite more than justifies this distinction by its importance historically and culturally, as well as in key areas of science and technology. Rich in detail and written in an engaging style, this book is a rare example of a work that successfully bridges the gap between the expert mineralogist and lay person or beginning student. It has located and exploited a rich vein of 'fool's gold.' --David J. Vaughan, Professor of Mineralogy, University of Manchester "The author is a professed expert in the field of sulfur compounds, and that knowledge comes through in every aspect of the book. He makes a strong case for pyrite being one of the most central compounds to human history as well as to the history of our planet... A highly instructive book delivered by a foremost expert in the field. Those interested in inorganic chemistry's influence on the history of the earth and the environment are sure to enjoy this book." - LIBRARY JOURNAL

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Most people have heard of pyrite, the brassy yellow mineral commonly known as fool's gold. But despite being the most common sulfide on the earth's surface, pyrite's bright crystals have attracted a noteworthy amount of attention from many different cultures, and its nearly identical visual appearance to gold has led to tales of fraud, trickery, and claims of alchemy. Pyrite occupies a unique place in human history: it became an integral part of mining lore in America during the 19th century, and it has a presence in ancient Sumerian texts, Greek philosophy, and medieval poetry, becoming a symbol for anything overvalued.
In Pyrite, geochemist and author David Rickard blends basic science and historical narrative to describe the many unique ways pyrite makes appearances in our world. He follows pyrite back through the medieval alchemists to the ancient Arab, Chinese, Indian, and Classical worlds, showing why the mineral was central to the development of these various ancient cultures. Pyrite can be tracked to the beginnings of humankind, and Rickard reveals how it contributed to the origins of our art and storytelling and even to our biologic development as humans. But pyrite has unique scientific properties as well: the book distills how oxidation makes fool's gold look like a precious metal, and shows how pyrite can choke out oxygen from water, creating large <"dead zones>" in our oceans. Rickard analyzes pyrite's role in manufacturing sulfuric acid, a compound used for everything from cleaning drains to fertilizing crops. Its influence extends from human evolution and the formation of societies, through science and industry, to our understanding of ancient, modern, and future earth environments. Energetic and accessible, Pyrite is the first book to show readers the history and science of one of the world's most fascinating minerals.

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