Noble Obsession: Charles Goodyear, Thomas Hancock, and the Race to Unlock the Greatest Industrial Secret of the 19th Century
The world had never seen such a substance. Bouncy, stretchable, and moldable -- rubber seemed like the miracle stuff of the early nineteenth century. But a major problem soon became clear -- it melted in summer and cracked in winter. It would take one singleminded genius -- Charles Goodyear -- willing to endure years of poverty, hunger, and imprisonment, to reinvent rubber into the indispensable substance it is today. Noble Obsession is the tale of how Goodyear risked his own life and his family's in a quest to unlock the secrets of rubber. It is a compelling work that reveals the true story behind one of the most crucial scientific discoveries in industrial history. Book jacket.
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