By Isaac Asimov
From using metals via prehistoric guy to the alchemical experiments of medieval and renaissance guy to the complicated chemical abilities of latest guy, Asimov lines the improvement of this development block of our technological global.
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And “captive” is the appropriate expression, because studies have shown that more than 90 percent of the original blowing agent is still present in a refrigerator fifteen years after it has been discarded. Unless special methods are employed, the blowing agent is released into the atmosphere when such fridges are recycled for their metal content. Shredding the fridge into small pieces in an airtight chamber allows for recovery of CFCs. This technique is expensive, but it can have huge environmental benefits.
A Short History of Chemistry by Isaac Asimov