Innovative History of the Chemical Industry

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Science  13 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5392, pp. 1273-1274
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5392.1273

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Chemicals and Long-Term Economic Growth Insights from the Chemical Industry. Ashish Arora, Ralph Landau and Nathan Rosenberg, Eds. Wiley-Interscience, New York, and Chemical Heritage Foundation, 1998. 576 pp. $69.95. ISBN 0-471-18247-8.

The editors have assembled a thorough, insightful examination of the history and economics of the chemical industry in Britain, Germany, Japan, and the United States. Contributors consider the roles of science, innovation, technology, organization, and government and financial policies in creating economic growth, and in determining why "certain industries excel in certain areas."