The Last Alchemist in Paris: And other curious tales from chemistry

Hardcover | November 13, 2013

byLars Ohrstrom

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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 enabled scientists to put it to practical use. These are the fascinating (and sometimes terrifying) stories of chemistry in action.

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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 Af...

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 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:November 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019966109X

ISBN - 13:9780199661091

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Preface1. Rendezvous on the high plateau2. The curious incident with the dog in the airship3. Mr Khama, is coming to dinner4. Diamonds are forever and Zirconium is for Submarines5. Graphite Valley, IT in the 18th century Lake District6. When state security was bullshit business7. Bonaparte's bursting buttons: a thin story8. The cycle and the square9. The emperor and miss Smilla10. War and Vanity11. I told you so said Marcus Vitruvius Pollio12. The Spy and the Saracen's Secret13. Two immigrants and a swimming pool14. Erin and Julia15. Two brilliant careers16. Biopiracy - the curse of the nutmeg17. Blue Blooded Stones and the Prisoner in the Crystal Cage18. The actress and the spin doctor19. Mr Blix goes to Bagdad20. Death at number 2921. Pardon my French: Captain Haddock and the morons22. The last alchemist in Paris23. Of Pea-Soup, Morning Coffee, and the Test of Mr Marsh24. A telephone call to the heart of darkness25. To Give back the FutureAppendix 1: The elements of this bookAppendix 2: The chemical concept in this book