Renewable Matter # 13 / November-December

The Secret of Steel

by Marco Gisotti

Focus Permanent Materials


An old invention that has changed history of mankind, steel is still a fundamental resource in our economy as demonstrated by the 1,623 million tonnes produced in the world every year. The creation of an endless material.


When Jared Diamond wrote his essay Guns, Germs and Steel. A Brief History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years purported to show a picture of the history of mankind from an ecological rather than an exclusively cultural viewpoint. His work – which later was awarded a Pulitzer Prize – focused on a question: why did the civilizations that developed along the Fertile...

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