The majority of high-tech products contain circuits and chips made of rare earth metals. Most people can’t name these rare metals, but modern technology depends upon them. Science writer Keith Veronese’s informative book about the uses of exotic metals – including their political, military, geological and economic impact – covers a fascinating aspect of the future of technology. Veronese includes many little-known facts about geology, topography and rare metals, including their uses as poison and medication. Despite his sometimes distracting, sometimes intriguing, topical meanderings, getAbstract recommends this unusual report to amateur geologists, high-tech industry strategists, investors, entrepreneurs and science junkies.
In this summary, you will learn
- How exotic metals became essential to modern technology;
- How chemistry, economics and politics drive the supply and demand of rare metals; and
- What the toxic impact of rare-metals refining and recovery means for the future.
About the Author
Keith Veronese writes for Gawker Media, particularly for its science website, io9.com. He also wrote Plugged In: Comics Professionals Working in the Video Games Industry.
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