Every molecule tells a story, Simon Cotton.
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The item Every molecule tells a story, Simon Cotton represents a specific, individual, material embodiment of a distinct intellectual or artistic creation found in Bryn Athyn College, Swedenborg Library. This item is available to borrow from 1 library branch. Creator Cotton, Simon. Summary "Preface Everything that exists is made of atoms, and most of those substances contain groups of two or more of these bonded together to form molecules.
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Chemistry is the science of molecules. From cooking to medicine, from engineering to art, it is everywhere" Language eng. Extent xiii, pages.
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Note "Written by a seasoned teacher, speaker, and writer in the field of chemistry, this text provides a guidance on chemicals that make life possible and enrich the senses, as well as those that endanger it. It combines the science and history of certain molecules and deals with the chemistry of each substance in an interesting and easily understandable manner. Topics covered include substances found in air and water, food, hydrocarbons, acids and alkalis, natural killers, unnatural killers, destructive molecules, pleasure molecules, natural healers, man-made healers, giant molecules, and vitamins"--Provided by publisher.
Isbn Label Every molecule tells a story Title Every molecule tells a story Statement of responsibility Simon Cotton Creator Cotton, Simon Subject Molecules Chemical bonds Language eng Summary "Preface Everything that exists is made of atoms, and most of those substances contain groups of two or more of these bonded together to form molecules.
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Thus we learn that the sixties pop group Small Faces celebrated the methyl derivative of amphetamine aka speed or nice with their hit Here Comes the Nice. And the s pop group Dexys Midnight Runners based its name on dexedrine, the dextro-isomer of amphetamine, another popular recreational drug.
In the same chapter we also learn that the Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton relied on cocaine to maintain his stamina on long expeditions. More seriously, another chapter on explosives, tells how the lack of research in this area left the Royal Navy at a disadvantage in World War I.
The navy relied on 2,4,6-trinitrophenol lyddite as the explosive for its shells but these could not deliver blows powerful enough to penetrate strong armour. The German navy used the more powerful trinitrotoluene TNT. The result was that at the Battle of Jutland in the British lost three battleships, three cruisers, eight destroyers, and seamen.
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German losses were much less. Every Molecule Tells a Story consists of 14 chapters, beginning with the atmosphere and its gases, and ending with synthetic polymers, where you learn of the nylon riots when women fought to obtain stockings made from the new fibre. There are chapters devoted to steroids and sex, the human senses, cosmetics and perfumes, poisons both natural and man-made, pleasure molecules, and healing drugs both natural and man-made.
In one chapter, we learn about the highly dangerous toxins that nature produces, of which the tetrodoxin of the puffer fish is particularly deadly.
Despite this, the fish is eaten — the Japanese delicacy fugu — though it must be prepared by specially trained chefs to ensure the parts of the fish which contain the toxin have been removed. Cotton reveals that the great explorer Captain James Cook ate puffer fish when he first visited Polynesia in , apparently without ill effects.
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