A new book called Tears of the Tree: The Story of Rubberâ€ has been published, written by John Loadman, former head of materials characterisation at the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre in the UK.
The book offers a Historical narrative about a remarkable material, without which the modern world could not exist,â€ said a statement from the publisher, Oxford University Press. Describing it as First book to detail the entire history of rubber,â€ the author says his book also reveals much previously unknown information.â€
The story is told in an unusual way, through the lives of the adventurers and scientists who pioneered the industry. It also addresses current concerns about the environment and waste-disposal.
Starting from rubber's significance in Mayan religious rituals and culture, the book takes readers through to its pivotal role in today's world,â€ Loadman added.
Price: Â£19.99 (Hardback)
Publication date: 7 July 2005
350 pages, 95 b/w halftones, 16 bw line drawings
More information on the OUP website