The Elements of Power

The Elements of Power

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Our future hinges on a set of elements that few of us have even heard of. In this surprising and revealing book, David S. Abraham unveils what rare metals are and why our electronic gadgets, the most powerful armies, and indeed the fate of our planet depend on them. These metals have become the building blocks of modern society; their properties are now essential for nearly all our electronic, military, and a€œgreena€ technologies. But their growing use is not without environmental, economic, and geopolitical consequences. Abraham traces these elementsa€™ hidden paths from mines to our living rooms, from the remote hills of China to the frozen Gulf of Finland, providing vivid accounts of those who produce, trade, and rely on rare metals. He argues that these materials are increasingly playing a significant role in global affairs, conferring strength to countries and companies that can ensure sustainable supplies. Just as oil, iron, and bronze revolutionized previous eras, so too will these metals. The challenges this book reveals, and the plans it proposes, make it essential reading for our rare metal age.a€œApplea#39;s Latest Innovation Is Turning Planned Obsolescence into Planned Failure , a€ iFixit Blog, January 20, 2011, accessed December 19, ... Apple, a€œiPhone Supporta€” Screen Damage, a€ iPhone Screen Damage Repair, accessed May 19, 2014, anbsp;...

Title:The Elements of Power
Author:David S. Abraham
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2015-10-28


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