Five chemistry inventions that enabled the modern world

Did you know that the discovery of a way to make ammonia was the single most important reason for the world’s population explosion from 1.6 billion in 1900 to 7 billion today? Or that polythene, the world’s most common plastic, was accidentally invented twice? Nope? Well here’s their stories plus 3 other chemistry inventions that make the world we live in.

Chemistry hall of fame. Andy Brunning/[Compound Interest],