Steel Conquers the World recounts the fascinating history and wide-ranging uses of iron and steel. Renowned scientific journalist Dr. Rainer Köthe offers a gripping yet easily understood portrait of iron, its provenance in cosmic fire storms and its abundance in nature. Chapters describe how iron ore is extracted from huge mines today, how gigantic blast furnaces smelt that ore and how the resultant hot metal is converted into steel. The fully illustrated book presents a number of truly spectacular applications to which iron and steel have been put. This is a great book to introduce our most important material to a younger generation.