Curious Tales from Chemistry: The Last Alchemist in Paris and Other Episodes by Lars OhrstromCurious Tales from Chemistry: The Last Alchemist in Paris and Other Episodes by Lars Ohrstrom

Curious Tales from Chemistry: The Last Alchemist in Paris and Other Episodes

byLars Ohrstrom

Paperback | October 28, 2015

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This is a book about discovery and disaster, exploitation and invention, warfare and science - and the relationship between human beings and the chemical elements that make up our planet. Lars Ohrstrom introduces us to a variety of elements from S to Pb through tales of ordinary andextraordinary people from around the globe. We meet African dictators controlling vital supplies of uranium; eighteenth-century explorers searching out sources of precious metals; industrial spies stealing the secrets of steel-making. We find out why the Hindenburg airship was tragically filled withhydrogen, not helium; why nail-varnish remover played a key part in World War I; and the real story behind the legend of tin buttons and the downfall of Napoleon. In each chapter, we find out about the distinctive properties of each element and the concepts and principles that have enabledscientists to put it to practical use. These are the fascinating (and sometimes terrifying) stories of chemistry in action.
Lars Ohrstrom is a Swedish inorganic chemist who has also worked in France, Botswana, Switzerland, and the USA. He was educated at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and currently he is professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. At Chalmers he has devoted much time to teaching and curriculum development f...
Title:Curious Tales from Chemistry: The Last Alchemist in Paris and Other EpisodesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pagesPublished:October 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198743920

ISBN - 13:9780198743927

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Table of Contents

Preamble: The Periodic Table and the Da Vinci Code1. Mr Khama is coming to dinner2. From bitterfield with love3. The curious incident of the dog in the airship4. The spy and the saracens secret5. Biopiracy the curse of the nutmeg6. Death at number 297. Blue blooded stones and the prisoner in the crystal cage8. Diamonds are forever and zirconium is for submarines9. Graphite valley: IT in the 18th century Lake District10. The Emperor and Miss Smilla11. Rendezvous on the high plateau12. The last alchemist in Paris13. Pardon my French: Captain Haddock and the sufferings of the Savoyards14. Two brilliant careers15. War and vanity16. When state security was a stinking business17. Bonapartes bursting buttons: a thin story18. I told you so, said Marcus Vitruvirus Pollio19. A shiny surface and a tainted past20. The actress and the spin-doctor21. Of pea-soup, dangers of coffee in the morning, and the test of Mr Marsh22. To take back the futureAcknowledgementsBibliographyNotes