Napoleon's Buttons 17 Molecules That Changed History

ISBN-10: 1585423319

ISBN-13: 9781585423316

Edition: 2004 (Reprint)

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Napoleon's Buttonsis the fascinating account of seventeen groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine and law; they determined what we now eat, drink, and wear. A change as small as the position of an atom can lead to enormous alterations in the properties of a substance-which, in turn, can result in great historical shifts. With lively prose and an eye for colorful and unusual details, Le Couteur and Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/24/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Penny Le Couteur, Ph.D., has been a professor of chemistry at Capilano College in British Columbia for more than thirty years. Jay Burreson, Ph.D., has worked as an industrial chemist and held a National Institutes of Health special fellowship.

Introduction
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 Compounds
Molecules Versus Malaria
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index
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