Napoleon's Buttons: 17 Molecules That Changed History

Napoleon's Buttons: 17 Molecules That Changed History

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By (author) Penny Le Couteur, By (author) Jay Burreson, Narrator Laural Merlington

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 198mm x 15mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 10 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 145265459X
  • ISBN 13: 9781452654591
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 806,127

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"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, Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.

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Jay Burreson, Ph.D., has worked as an industrial chemist and held a National Institutes of Health special fellowship at the University of Hawaii. Penny Le Couteur, Ph.D., is a professor of chemistry at Capilano College in British Columbia, Canada, and the recipient of a Polysar Award for Outstanding Chemistry Teaching in Canadian Colleges. Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks.

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"Entertaining accounts of how various objects' chemical properties might have changed history." ---Library Journal