Science Story Time #6: Nitrogen Fixation with a Political Scientist

Today I talk with my friend Don about the complicated history of Fritz Haber. Haber won a Nobel Prize for discovering a way to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, leading to manmade fertilizer and increasing the world’s food supply by up to 50%. He also developed chemical weapons during WWI.

My numbers for current nitrogen usage come from this paper: Galloway et al. 2008, Science: 320, 889-892

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Science Story Time #6: Nitrogen Fixation with a Political Scientist