The Diamond Formula (Inventions: Untold Stories of the Beautiful Era collection)
A possible genius, a smidgen of madness, a twist of science, and an invention that very nearly changed the world—all collide in a giddy, unbelievably true mystery set in turn-of-the-century Paris.
In 1905, inventor Henri Lemoine claimed that he’d uncovered the secret to a coveted alchemy: creating diamonds in a laboratory. It intrigued a host of investors, and it soon made...more
Alina Simone gets to the point quickly with this read-in-one-sitting tale, and she might kick off a new trend with this.
Small time investment on the reader's part, but quite a bit of payoff.
Simone shows the characters here, and then shows what happens.
It's difficult to put down, and when you do - it's over.
And then you want more.
I highly recommend this book, and have already started the next in the series - Jump! (Inventions: Untold Stories of the Beautifu ...more
Then we have a cameo by Edison elecrocuting a dog. What a monster.
No inventions here, no real ingenuity. While this short work is not poorly written, neither is it enjoyable. Rather, it's a reminder of human cruelty and greed.
This was an entertaining story of a con man who managed to not only dupe the powerful head of De Beers diamonds out of a substantial sum of money, and become the toast of Paris as well. The backgrounds of both are presented, framing how they met and the con was executed. The subsequent trial is the most interesting part. Even the judge was enthralled. The sheer gumption of the con is impressive. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the aud ...more
Here is what the book is about:”A possible genius, a smidgen of madness, a twist of science, and an invention that very nearly changed the world—all collide in a giddy, unbelievably true mystery set in turn-of-the-century Paris.
In 1905, inventor Henri Lemoine claimed that he’d uncovered the secret to a coveted alchemy: creating diamonds in a laboratory. It intrigued a host of investors, and it soon made Lemoine an in ...more
This was an interesting quick history of the diamond trade and the subsequent creation of synthetic diamonds. I am glad that the Audible listening track was available for this title as I dont know if I would have finished it without switching to audio book format. I enjoyed it for its historical relevance but lost interest in the presentation of the information a couple times. Still as a free download from Amazon's inventions collection it was worth the listen!
I found this quite an interesting read. I’d never heard of the belle époque so it was interesting to read about an era I was unfamiliar with. The tale deals with the invention of cubic zirconia, fake diamonds rather than the real ones. This isn’t made clear until almost the end though I had my suspicions that real diamonds weren’t being made so easily. This is well research and fascinating though not quite enough to earn 4-stars. ...more
The men agreed to place the secret formula in a safe to be opened after Lemoine’s death.
His con brought him what today would be millions. Made him an international celebrity. Then he disappeared.
I lis ...more
Interesting story, but not sure how accurate it is considering by her own account, that there was not much research available and based on one actual book detailing the history. Also she doesn't know what happened to Lemoine after his prison sentence. It just felt incomplete to me