"I am tremendously impressed with this book. It will make a verysignificant contribution to the literature on the Haber-Bosch processof nitrogen synthesis, but perhaps even more significant, to puttinginto perspective the importance of nitrogen fertilizer tohumanity." E. T. York, Chancellor Emeritus, University System ofFlorida, and Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Institute ofFood and Agriculture Sciences, University of Florida
Vaclav Smil is the author of thirty books on energy, environment, food, and history of technical advances, including (with Kazuhiko Kobayashi) Japan's Dietary Transition and Its Impacts (MIT Press). Until 2011, he was a Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba in Canada. In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.
"This is a wonderful book, highly readable and replete with referenced data." - John Emsley, Nature; "Broad and imaginative, meticulously argued and fully documented, yet lively and readable, this surprising book...opens a door wide to a dimly lit corner of high-tech, to offer us a new understanding of a major change." - Philip and Phylis Morrison, American Scientist; "A very welcome contribution to the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies." - Juan Ilerbaig, The Quarterly Review of Biology"