Nature’s Magic and Its Breathtaking Parsimony
Without this ensemble of fitness in nature, there would be no wood, no fire, no metallurgy, no modern technology.
The Role of Lignin for Fire, Explained
Without lignin, there would be no woody plants, no wood, no coal, no charcoal, no fire, no pottery, and certainly no iron or metallurgy.
In Praise of Copper, a Gift from Nature
If the conductivity of copper were ten times less, wires would have to be ten times the cross-sectional area to provide the same conductivity.
The Path to Technology Was Built into Nature
All these elements of fitness in nature for the development of technology, crucial to mankind’s rise to civilization, long preceded man’s arrival on Earth.
Combustion Is Anything but Ordinary
The combustion of wood or coal may seem so familiar as to be unworthy of any comment.