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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 our lives. 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 from defeat, 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192862068
ISBN-10: 0192862065
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 130mm x 16mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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UK Kirkus Review » The author is familiar to readers of the Independent and New Scientist, where his short but usually entertaining articles about chemistry have often appeared. Now, many of those concise pieces have been gathered together between one set of covers, linked under various themes, such as 'Home Sweet Home' (molecules in everyday life) and 'Elements from Hell' (about what Emsley calls 'malevolent' molecules). An easy read, in which the concealed nuggets of information have a way of sticking in the brain. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - John Emsley

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. In 1993 he received a Glaxo Award for science writing, and in 1994 he won the Chemical Industries Association's President's Award for science communication. His much-praised book The Consumer's Good Chemical Guide won the Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize in 1995.

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