Napoleon s Buttons

Napoleon s Buttons
Author: Penny Le Couteur,Jay Burreson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 375
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9781585423316
ISBN 13: 1585423319
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Napoleon s Buttons Book Review:

Examines the roles that the molecular properties of such items as the birth control pill, caffeine, and the buttons on the uniforms of Napoleon's army have played in the course of history.

Napoleon s Buttons

Napoleon s Buttons
Author: Penny Le Couteur,Jay Burreson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2004-05-24
ISBN 10: 1440650322
ISBN 13: 9781440650321
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Napoleon s Buttons Book Review:

Napoleon's Buttons is 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.

The Disappearing Spoon

The Disappearing Spoon
Author: Sam Kean
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2010-07-12
ISBN 10: 9780316089081
ISBN 13: 0316089087
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Disappearing Spoon Book Review:

From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, finance, mythology, the arts, medicine, and more, as told by the Periodic Table. Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why is gallium (Ga, 31) the go-to element for laboratory pranksters?* The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. THE DISAPPEARING SPOON masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery--from the Big Bang through the end of time. *Though solid at room temperature, gallium is a moldable metal that melts at 84 degrees Fahrenheit. A classic science prank is to mold gallium spoons, serve them with tea, and watch guests recoil as their utensils disappear.

Molecules That Changed the World

Molecules That Changed the World
Author: K. C. Nicolaou,Tamsyn Montagnon
Publsiher: Wiley-VCH
Total Pages: 385
Release: 2008-03-17
ISBN 10: 9783527309832
ISBN 13: 3527309837
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Molecules That Changed the World Book Review:

K.C. Nicolaou - Winner of the Nemitsas Prize 2014 in Chemistry Here, the best-selling author and renowned researcher, K. C. Nicolaou, presents around 40 natural products that all have an enormous impact on our everyday life. Printed in full color throughout with a host of pictures, this book is written in the author's very enjoyable and distinct style, such that each chapter is full of interesting and entertaining information on the facts, stories and people behind the scenes. Molecules covered span the healthy and useful, as well as the much-needed and extremely toxic, including Aspirin, urea, camphor, morphine, strychnine, penicillin, vitamin B12, Taxol, Brevetoxin and quinine. A veritable pleasure to read.

Napoleon s Buttons

Napoleon s Buttons
Author: Penny Le Couteur
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 375
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 9781585423316
ISBN 13: 1585423319
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Napoleon s Buttons Book Review:

Describes seventeen chemical compounds in spices, textile fibers, dyes, explosives, medicines, and other substances--including the drugs that account for witches flying on broomsticks--and how they affect civilization.

Napoleon in Egypt

Napoleon in Egypt
Author: Paul Strathern
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2009-09
ISBN 10: 0553385240
ISBN 13: 9780553385243
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Napoleon in Egypt Book Review:

Describes Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798, the first attack on a Middle Eastern country by a Western power in modern times, examining Napoleon's military victories, his declaration of himself as emperor, the introduction of the Napoleonic Code, and the legacy of his expedition. Reprint.

Why There s Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste

Why There s Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste
Author: Simon Quellen Field
Publsiher: Chicago Review Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2007-11
ISBN 10: 1569766827
ISBN 13: 9781569766828
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why There s Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste Book Review:

A Selection of the Scientific American Book ClubExplaining why antifreeze is a component of toothpaste and how salt works in shampoo, this fascinating handbook delves into the chemistry of everyday household products. Decoding more than 150 cryptic ingredients, the guide explains each component's structural formula, offers synonymous names, and describes its common uses. This informative resource can serve curious readers as a basic primer to commercial chemistry or as an indexed reference for specific compounds found on a product label. Grouped according to type, these chemical descriptions will dissolve common misunderstandings and help make consumers more product savvy.

Periodic Tales

Periodic Tales
Author: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 428
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0141041455
ISBN 13: 9780141041452
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Periodic Tales Book Review:

'The history, science, art, literature and everyday applications of all the elements from aluminium to zinc' The Times Everything in the universe is made of them, including you. Like you, the elements have personalities, attitudes, talents, shortcomings, stories rich with meaning. Here you'll meet iron that rains from the heavens and noble gases that light the way to vice. You'll learn how lead can tell your future while zinc may one day line your coffin. You'll discover what connects the bones in your body with the Whitehouse in Washington, the glow of a streetlamp with the salt on your dinner table. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colourful pasts, Periodic Tales is a voyage of wonder and discovery, showing that their stories are our stories, and their lives are inextricable from our own. 'Science writing at its best. A fascinating and beautiful literary anthology, bringing them to life as personalities. If only chemistry had been like this at school. A rich compilation of delicious tales' Matt Ridley, Prospect 'A love letter to the chemical elements. Aldersey-Williams is full of good stories and he knows how to tell them well' Sunday Telegraph 'Great fun to read and an endless fund of unlikely and improbable anecdotes' Financial Times

Cathedrals of Science

Cathedrals of Science
Author: Patrick Coffey
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2008-08-29
ISBN 10: 0199886547
ISBN 13: 9780199886548
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cathedrals of Science Book Review:

In Cathedrals of Science, Patrick Coffey describes how chemistry got its modern footing-how thirteen brilliant men and one woman struggled with the laws of the universe and with each other. They wanted to discover how the world worked, but they also wanted credit for making those discoveries, and their personalities often affected how that credit was assigned. Gilbert Lewis, for example, could be reclusive and resentful, and his enmity with Walther Nernst may have cost him the Nobel Prize; Irving Langmuir, gregarious and charming, "rediscovered" Lewis's theory of the chemical bond and received much of the credit for it. Langmuir's personality smoothed his path to the Nobel Prize over Lewis. Coffey deals with moral and societal issues as well. These same scientists were the first to be seen by their countries as military assets. Fritz Haber, dubbed the "father of chemical warfare," pioneered the use of poison gas in World War I-vividly described-and Glenn Seaborg and Harold Urey were leaders in World War II's Manhattan Project; Urey and Linus Pauling worked for nuclear disarmament after the war. Science was not always fair, and many were excluded. The Nazis pushed Jewish scientists like Haber from their posts in the 1930s. Anti-Semitism was also a force in American chemistry, and few women were allowed in; Pauling, for example, used his influence to cut off the funding and block the publications of his rival, Dorothy Wrinch. Cathedrals of Science paints a colorful portrait of the building of modern chemistry from the late 19th to the mid-20th century.

Molecules at an Exhibition

Molecules at an Exhibition
Author: John Emsley
Publsiher: Oxford Paperbacks
Total Pages: 250
Release: 1999-10-07
ISBN 10: 9780192862068
ISBN 13: 0192862065
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Molecules at an Exhibition Book Review:

Discusses interesting chemicals, such as the smelliest, most lethal, and most versatile, in a non-technical style that covers each chemical's importance without using formulas, equations, or diagrams

Ten Drugs

Ten Drugs
Author: Thomas Hager
Publsiher: Abrams
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-03-05
ISBN 10: 1683355318
ISBN 13: 9781683355311
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ten Drugs Book Review:

Behind every landmark drug is a story. It could be an oddball researcher’s genius insight, a catalyzing moment in geopolitical history, a new breakthrough technology, or an unexpected but welcome side effect discovered during clinical trials. Piece together these stories, as Thomas Hager does in this remarkable, century-spanning history, and you can trace the evolution of our culture and the practice of medicine. †‹Beginning with opium, the “joy plant,” which has been used for 10,000 years, Hager tells a captivating story of medicine. His subjects include the largely forgotten female pioneer who introduced smallpox inoculation to Britain, the infamous knockout drops, the first antibiotic, which saved countless lives, the first antipsychotic, which helped empty public mental hospitals, Viagra, statins, and the new frontier of monoclonal antibodies. This is a deep, wide-ranging, and wildly entertaining book.

Napoleon s Buttons

Napoleon s Buttons
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 375
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 9781440618895
ISBN 13: 1440618895
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Romantic Machine

The Romantic Machine
Author: John Tresch
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 472
Release: 2012-02-06
ISBN 10: 0226812227
ISBN 13: 9780226812229
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Romantic Machine Book Review:

In the years immediately following Napoleon’s defeat, French thinkers in all fields set their minds to the problem of how to recover from the long upheavals that had been set into motion by the French Revolution. Many challenged the Enlightenment’s emphasis on mechanics and questioned the rising power of machines, seeking a return to the organic unity of an earlier age and triggering the artistic and philosophical movement of romanticism. Previous scholars have viewed romanticism and industrialization in opposition, but in this groundbreaking volume John Tresch reveals how thoroughly entwined science and the arts were in early nineteenth-century France and how they worked together to unite a fractured society. Focusing on a set of celebrated technologies, including steam engines, electromagnetic and geophysical instruments, early photography, and mass-scale printing, Tresch looks at how new conceptions of energy, instrumentality, and association fueled such diverse developments as fantastic literature, popular astronomy, grand opera, positivism, utopian socialism, and the Revolution of 1848. He shows that those who attempted to fuse organicism and mechanism in various ways, including Alexander von Humboldt and Auguste Comte, charted a road not taken that resonates today. Essential reading for historians of science, intellectual and cultural historians of Europe, and literary and art historians, The Romantic Machine is poised to profoundly alter our understanding of the scientific and cultural landscape of the early nineteenth century.

Electrified Sheep

Electrified Sheep
Author: Alex Boese
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2012-06-05
ISBN 10: 1250015103
ISBN 13: 9781250015105
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Electrified Sheep Book Review:

"Perfect summertime reading—preferably with a friend nearby who can be constantly interrupted with unsettling facts." —Daily Mail (UK ) Benjamin Franklin was a pioneering scientist, leader of the Enlightenment, and a founding father of the United States. But perhaps less well known is that he was also the first person to use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on an electric-shock victim. Odder still, it was actually mouth-to-beak resuscitation on a hen that he himself had shocked. Welcome to some of the weirdest and most wonderful experiments ever conducted in the name of science. Filled with stories of science gone strange, Electrified Sheep is packed with eccentric characters, irrational obsessions, and extreme experiments. Watch as scientists attempt to nuke the moon, wince at the doctor who performs a self-appendectomy, and catch the faint whiff of singed wool from an electrified sheep.

That s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

That s the Way the Cookie Crumbles
Author: Joe Schwarcz
Publsiher: ECW Press
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2002-10-01
ISBN 10: 1554905362
ISBN 13: 9781554905362
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

That s the Way the Cookie Crumbles Book Review:

The bestselling popular science author reveals “the connections between what we teach in chemistry courses and the world in which . . . [we] live” (ChemEd X). Interesting anecdotes and engaging tales make science fun, meaningful, and accessible. Separating sense from nonsense and fact from fiction, these essays cover everything from the ups of helium to the downs of drain cleaners, and provide answers to numerous mysteries, such as why bug juice is used to color ice cream and how spies used secret inks. Mercury in teeth, arsenic in water, lead in the environment, and aspartame in food are also discussed. Mythbusters include the fact that Edison did not invent the light bulb and that walking on hot coals does not require paranormal powers. The secret life of bagels is revealed, and airbags, beer, and soap yield their mysteries. These and many more surprising, educational, and entertaining commentaries show the relevance of science to everyday life. “A delightful and informative read. Dr. Schwarcz tells it like it is, whether the subject is light at heart or as weighty as death.” —The Cosmic Chemist “Fascinating [this book] is, thanks to the author’s lively style and contagious enthusiasm for chemistry, and his ability to make it accessible . . . connects the dots between such unlikely events as the madness of King George III and the royal fondness for sauerkraut; and between gluten, the molecular make-up of trans-fatty acids, and how the cookie crumbles.” —Montreal Review of Books

Bonaparte

Bonaparte
Author: Patrice Gueniffey
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2015-04-13
ISBN 10: 0674426010
ISBN 13: 9780674426016
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bonaparte Book Review:

Patrice Gueniffey, the leading French historian of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic age, takes up the epic narrative at the heart of this turbulent period: the life of Napoleon himself, from his boyhood in Corsica, to his meteoric rise during the Italian and Egyptian campaigns, to his proclamation as Consul for Life in 1802.

Napoleon s Waterloo Army

Napoleon s Waterloo Army
Author: Paul L. Dawson
Publsiher: Pen and Sword
Total Pages: 696
Release: 2019-10-30
ISBN 10: 1526705303
ISBN 13: 9781526705303
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Napoleon s Waterloo Army Book Review:

The author of Waterloo: The Truth at Last “sheds new light on the campaign of 1815 and surely will satisfy all with an interest in the Napoleonic Era” (The Napoleonic Historical Society Newsletter). When Napoleon returned to Paris after exile on the Island of Elba, he appealed to the European heads of state to be allowed to rule France in peace. His appeal was rejected and the Emperor of the French knew he would have to fight to keep his throne. In just eight weeks, Napoleon assembled 128,000 soldiers in the French Army of the North and on 15 June moved into Belgium (then a part of the kingdom of the Netherlands). Before the large Russian and Austrian armies could invade France, Napoleon hoped to defeat two coalition armies, an Anglo-Dutch-Belgian-German force under the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army led by Prince von Blücher. He nearly succeeded. Paul Dawson’s examination of the troops who fought at Ligny, Quatre-Bras and Waterloo, is based on thousands of pages of French archival documents and translations. With hundreds of photographs of original artifacts, supplemented with scores of lavish color illustrations, and dozens of paintings by the renowned military artist Keith Rocco, Napoleon’s Waterloo Army is the most comprehensive, and extensive, study ever made of the French field army of 1815, and its uniforms, arms and equipment. “Contains many rare and previously unpublished images in the form of full color drawings and photographs of surviving relics. As with the earlier volumes, this book will appeal to and be enjoyed by a wide readership with special interest for historians, military history enthusiasts, Napoleonic War enthusiasts and re-enactors.” —Firetrench

Stuff Matters

Stuff Matters
Author: Mark Miodownik
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-05-27
ISBN 10: 0544237048
ISBN 13: 9780544237049
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stuff Matters Book Review:

New York Times Bestseller • New York Times Notable Book 2014 • Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books “A thrilling account of the modern material world.” —Wall Street Journal "Miodownik, a materials scientist, explains the history and science behind things such as paper, glass, chocolate, and concrete with an infectious enthusiasm." —Scientific American Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that renowned materials scientist Mark Miodownik constantly asks himself. Miodownik studies objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. In Stuff Matters, Miodownik explores the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor to the foam in his sneakers. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way. "Stuff Matters is about hidden wonders, the astonishing properties of materials we think boring, banal, and unworthy of attention...It's possible this science and these stories have been told elsewhere, but like the best chocolatiers, Miodownik gets the blend right." —New York Times Book Review

The Periodic Kingdom

The Periodic Kingdom
Author: Peter Atkins
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2013-12-31
ISBN 10: 1780227701
ISBN 13: 9781780227702
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Periodic Kingdom Book Review:

A 'travel guide' to the periodic table, explaining the history, geography and the rules of behaviour in this imagined land. The Periodic Kingdom is a journey of imagination in which Peter Atkins treats the periodic table of elements - the 109 chemical elements in the world, from which everything is made - as a country, a periodic kingdom, each region of which corresponds to an element. Arranged much like a travel guide, the book introduces the reader to the general features of the table, the history of the elements, and the underlying arrangement of the table in terms of the structure and properties of atoms. Atkins sees elements as finely balanced living personalities, with quirks of character and certain, not always outward, dispositions, and the kingdom is thus a land of intellectual satisfaction and infinite delight.

Naples and Napoleon

Naples and Napoleon
Author: John A. Davis
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 372
Release: 2006-09-14
ISBN 10: 9780198207559
ISBN 13: 0198207557
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Naples and Napoleon Book Review:

Naples and Napoleon rewrites the history of Italy in the age of the European revolutions from the perspective of the South. In contrast to later images of southern backwardness and immobility, Davis portrays the South as a precocious theatre for political and economic upheavals that sooner or later would challenge the survival of all the pre-Unification states. Focusing on the years of French rule from 1806 to 1815, when southern Italy became the arena for one of the most ambitious reform projects in Napoleonic Europe, Davis argues that this owed less to Napoleon than to the forces unleashed by the crisis of the Ancien Regime. However, an examination of the earlier Republic and the popular counter-revolutions of 1799, along with the later revolutions in Naples and Sicily in 1820-1, reveals that the impact of these changes was deeply contradictory. This major reinterpretation of the history of the South before Unification significantly reshapes our understanding of how the Italian states came to be unified, while Davis also shows why long after Unification not just the South but Italy as a whole would remain vulnerable to the continuing challenges of the new age