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Chemical Heritage Fdn.
Napoleonís Buttons: 17 Molecules that Changed History
Penny Le Couteur (au); Jay Burreson (au)
Most of us never give a thought to the history or nature of spices or rubber or nicotine or penicillin or a score of other things -- chemicals -- that have changed the world. This is brought out beautifully in this book, with its brilliant blending of chemistry and culture. By explaining the chemistry that lies behind history, the authors showcase the fine line between toxin and treatment and how one compound can be both at the same time. In 17 chapters, the authors discuss: peppers, nutmeg, and cloves; ascorbic acid; glucose; cellulose; nitro compounds; silk and nylon; phenol; isoprene; dyes; wonder drugs; the pill; molecules of witchcraft; morphine, nicotine, and caffeine; oleic acid; salt; chlorocarbon copounds; and molecules versus malaria. Illustrations.
Robert Burns Woodward: Architect and Artist in the World of Molecules
Pharmaceutical Achievers: The Human Face of Pharmaceutical Research
Eilhard Mitscherlich: Prince of Prussian Chemistry
Women in Chemistry: Their Changing Roles from Alchemical Times to the Mid-Twentieth Century
The Whole of Nature and the Mirror of Art: Images of Alchemy from the Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library
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