The Diamond Makers by Robert Hazen is a fascinating and well-written history where the dreams of the alchemist actually came true. The reader should not expect a reference book on diamonds or a textbook on diamond synthesis. Rather, anyone with an interest in high-pressure research, material science, or good storytelling will find it a compelling tale of perseverance and drama. Technically complex concepts needed to tell the tale, such as certain elements of thermodynamics and crystallography, are explained in an accessible fashion. Thus, this book will appeal to the interested layperson.

Not only is the story of diamond synthesis told,...

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