Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History

Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History

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By (author) Penny Le Couteur, By (author) Jay Burreson

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  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 229mm x 30mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 9 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
  • ISBN 10: 1585423319
  • ISBN 13: 9781585423316
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: b&w line drawings
  • Sales rank: 25,739

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Considers that Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign may have failed because cold temperatures caused his army's tin buttons to disintegrate, identifying other important moments and traditions in history that were influenced by molecular properties. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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Jay Burreson, Ph.D., has worked as an industrial chemist and held a National Institutes of Health special fellowship for research on chemical compounds in marine life. He is also the general manager of a high-tech company.

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"Well-conceived, well-done popular science." --Booklist