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Molecules at an Exhibition: Portraits of Intriguing Materials in Everyday Life

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What ingredient in Coke can remove rust from chrome? What is the bitterest substance on earth? What is the worst smelling one? In this entertaining tour of chemistry, John Emsley answers these and many other questions as he illuminates the materials that make up our world. Dozens of lively articles explore such well-known molecules as water, oxygen, and glass; versatile plastics like polypropylene, polystyrene, and polyurethane; even "elements from hell" such as Sarin (a lethal nerve gas). With no formulas, equations, or molecular diagrams to baffle the non-expert, each piece blends history, science, and anecdote, with many intriguing facts added to the mix.

"The world of chemistry has never been made as entertaining," writes Nobel Prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffmann. Indeed, this book will fascinate everyone curious about the chemicals in the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, and the air we breathe.

Synopsis:

What is it in chocolate that makes us feel good when we eat it? What's the molecule that turns men on? What's the secret of Coca-Cola? In this book, the author takes us on a guided tour through a rogue's gallery of molecules, some harmful, some pleasant, showing how they affect our lives.

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What ingredient in Coke can remove rust from chrome? What is the bitterest substance on earth? What is the worst smelling one? In this entertaining tour of chemistry, Emsley answers these and many other questions as he illuminates the materials that make up our world.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [236]-238) and index.

About the Author

John Emsley is Science Writer in Residence at the Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine. A regular broadcaster on scientific topics, Emsley wrote the "Molecule of the Month" column for The Independent from 1990 to 1996. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction

A quick guide to things large and small

Gallery 1. Nearly as nature intended: some curious molecules in the foods we eat

Gallery 2. Testing your metal: the metals which our bodies must have

Gallery 3. Starting lives, saving lives, screwing up lives: molecules that can help or harm us

Gallery 4. Home, sweet home: detergents, dangers, delights, and delusions

Gallery 5. Material progress and immaterial observations: molecules that make life a little easier

Gallery 6. Landscape room - environmental cons, concerns, and comments: molecules that stalk the world

Gallery 7. We're on the road to nowhere: molecules to transport us

Gallery 8. Elements from Hell: molecules that are mainly malevolent

Book list

Appendix: molecular portraits on display in this book

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192862068
Author:
Emsley, John
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, John
Location:
Oxford :
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
Chemistry
Subject:
Molecules
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography.Includes index.
Series Volume:
MF-467
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.76x5.02x.65 in. .44 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , What is it in chocolate that makes us feel good when we eat it? What's the molecule that turns men on? What's the secret of Coca-Cola? In this book, the author takes us on a guided tour through a rogue's gallery of molecules, some harmful, some pleasant, showing how they affect our lives.
"Synopsis" by , What ingredient in Coke can remove rust from chrome? What is the bitterest substance on earth? What is the worst smelling one? In this entertaining tour of chemistry, Emsley answers these and many other questions as he illuminates the materials that make up our world.

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