13th Element by John Emsley
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13th Element
By John Emsley

13th Element

The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire and Phosphorous

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13th Element by John Emsley

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Discovered by alchemists, prescribed by apothecaries, exploited by 19th century industrialists, and abused by 20th century combatants, phosphorus is one of nature's deadliest and most fascinating creations. Now award-winning author John Emsley combines his gift for storytelling with his scientific expertise to present an enthralling account of this eerily luminescent element. The book takes readers from murders-by-phosphorus where the bodies glowed green, to the match factory strike that helped end child labor in England, to the irony of the World War II firebombing of Hamburg, to even deadlier compounds derived from phosphorus today. "The 13th Element" weaves together a rich tableau of brilliant and oddball characters, social upheavals, and curious, bizarre, and horrific events that comprise the surprising 300 year history of nature's most nefarious element.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780471441496
ISBN-10: 047144149X
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 135mm x 24mm)
Pages: 327
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publish Date: 7-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Elements of Murder by John Emsley Elements of Murder, Paperback (July 2006)

What killed Charles II? Who thought he had discovered the perfect poison? Why did hatters go mad? This is an account of murderous chemical elements. Through stories of innocent blunders, poisoners of various hues - cold, cunning, desperate - and deaths that remain a mystery, it uncovers the dark side of the Periodic Table.

Was it Something You Ate? by John Emsley Was it Something You Ate?, Paperback (August 2001)

This text discusses food intolerance, suggesting that if we can identify which components of our diet are likely to cause intolerance, then we can make sure we don't take in too much at one meal and so provoke the body to react.

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Author Biography - John Emsley

JOHN EMSLEY is Science Writer in Residence at both Cambridge University and Imperial College of London University. He has won the prestigious Rhone--Poulenc Prize for best science book of the year, was an editor of New Scientist magazine, and wrote a science column for the Independent newspaper.

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