"A thoughtful analysis of today's unprecedented pace of change and what the future may hold."
– Kirkus Reviews
"A tribute to engineers like Rousseau, the tribe of pragmatic creators who, Mr. Browne says, are ‘at the heart of all human progress.’ Mr. Browne has created a sturdy and useful product, achieving the engineer’s blend of ‘hopefulness and pragmatism’ that he so deeply admires."
– Wall Street Journal
"Browne takes readers on a fascinating yet practical intellectual journey into both past and future technologies, focusing on the technologies most likely to benefit humankind…The author's interviews and personal experiences make this material come alive. The occasional diagrams and black-and-white images surely enhance understanding, and researchers will definitely appreciate the voluminous notes, chock-full of detailed explanations, as well as the comprehensive index featuring numerous detailed sub-entries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers."
"Browne views engineering as inherently translational. He describes engineering as ‘a head with two sets of eyes: one looks to the fruits of discovery, while the other looks to the demands of commerce and customers.’ A pivotal moment in Browne's career trajectory, he said, was his realization that ‘no solution was complete unless it resulted in something practical that humanity wanted."
“Browne’s book is…thoughtful, analytical, insightful, comprehensive, wide-ranging, and deeply researched.”
– The American Scientist
"The human quest for knowledge has led to extraordinary progress. This book forces us to confront these realities and does so in a unique and fascinating way. It weaves science and humanity together in a way that gives us new insight. This is an expertly crafted book by a unique thinker."
– Tony Blair [Praise for Seven Elements That Changed the World]
"Mr. Browne uses his chosen elements to frame a wide-ranging look at scientific progress. It's also a lot of fun."
– Wall Street Journal [praise for Seven Elements That Changed the World]
"The topics the author chooses to cover, ranging from the use of coal in ancient China to the Bessemer converter and silver photography, unfold in thoughtful detail, and the ample footnotes accompanying the text are as diverting as they are helpful."
– Kirkus Reviews [Praise for Seven Elements That Changed the World]
"Mixes in his travels and anecdotes from an impressive career to produce a lively, educational examination of civilization’s building blocks."
– Publishers Weekly [Praise for Seven Elements That Changed the World]
"In his first foray into popular-science writing, Browne does an admirable job crafting an informative and engrossing chemistry-based view of history."
– Booklist [Praise for Seven Elements That Changed the World]