Scientific discovery and academic progress were reaching unparalleled heights at the turn of the century, and pre-WWI Germany, like the United States in the post-war period, was the center of discovery. In addition to being the home and workplace of many of the most renowned scientists in history, German culture offered an unmatched synergy between the academic and industrial communities. As with Haber’s ammonia synthesis, many scientific discoveries were rapidly industrialized in a fraction of the time it would have taken in other European nations.