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

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 28/11/2013
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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 and extraordinary 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 with hydrogen, 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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199661091
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 226 x 151 x 27 mm


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A first-rate example of critical thinking, research, and scientific journalism. Inspiring ... witty ... and on a more serious side of things, [it] has intellectual muscle. * Chemistry International *
the stories are fascinating * Tim Radford, Guardian: Science Bookclub *
There is the vivid and colorful - yes, catchy - style of the author, a born storyteller ... the author succeeds admirably in showing that chemistry is an essential part of our lives ... [a] highly recommendable book" * ChemistryViews *
Chemistry is a messy business. OEhrstroem ... writes in English, and very well indeed, to remind us that physical chemistry is everywhere and can explain almost every material thing. * Tim Radford, the guardian *
[A] charming mish mash of a primer. * Barbara Kiser, Nature *
This excellent book will provide an entertaining read to all chemists and is also just the kind of text to place in the hands of school students. * Chemistry World *
This book can only heighten any appreciation of chemistry and the physical world. * The Good Book Guide *

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