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

Paperback | December 15, 1999

byJohn Emsley

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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 fascinating book, John Emsley takes us on a guided tour through a rogue's gallery of molecules, some harmful some pleasant, showing how they affect ourlives. There are eight galleries in all, full of individual portraits on molecules that are to be found on a daily basis in the home, the environment, and in our bodies-from caffeine to teflon, nicotine to zinc. Find out how Mozart met his death, how Hitler could have saved the Third Reich fromdefeat, and many more interesting snippets in this highly entertaining, and often surprising book. 'A broad audience, regardless of whether it has a background in chemistry, will enjoy browsing and reading it.' Nature 'a fine example of popular science writing at its best. It is educational, interesting, may prove inspirational and therefore deserves to find a very wide readership.' THES 'highly readable and entertaining' New Scientist

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Things not going your way? Blame it on those darn molecules! In Molecules at an Exhibition, John Elmsley explains how these tiny particles affect all aspects of life, including how we taste food and drink, what our bodies look and feel like and how they could have changed history altogether. Sounds confusing, but read the book and you'...

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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 fascinating book, John Emsley takes us on a guided tour through a rogue's gallery of molecules, some harmful some pleasant, showing how they affect ourlives. There are eight galleries in all, fu...

John Emsley trained as a chemist, lectured in chemistry for 25 years in the University of London, and is now Science Writer in Residence at the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge. His 'Molecule of the Month' column for The Independent (19906) brought home to a wide readership how chemistry impinges on every aspect of our daily lives...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.63 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192862065

ISBN - 13:9780192862068

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Things not going your way? Blame it on those darn molecules! In Molecules at an Exhibition, John Elmsley explains how these tiny particles affect all aspects of life, including how we taste food and drink, what our bodies look and feel like and how they could have changed history altogether. Sounds confusing, but read the book and you'll see just how fascinating it is!

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...a comprehensive and fascinating introduction to a whole field of knowledge. The book is excellent as a reference work s Science Books and Films, Washington DC d November 1998