Napoleon’s Buttons

These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. Napoleon's buttons is the fascinating account of seventeen groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. 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, Le Couteur and Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.


Dr. Joe & What You Didn't Know: 177 Fascinating Questions & Answers about the Chemistry of Everyday Life

Dr. Joe schwarcz tackles range from Beethoven’s connection to plumbing to why rotten eggs smell like rotten eggs. Completely captivating. New brunswick Reader. How did a sheep, a duck, and a rooster usher in the age of air travel? What does Miss Piggy have to do with the World Cup? And is there really any danger in eating green potatoes? The answers to these whimsical questions and more are revealed in this collection in an accessible scientific fashion.

Joe can turn the world’s most fascinating questions into a compelling journey through the great scientific mysteries of everyday life. Paul lewis, former president and general manager, Discovery Channel   “A book with an incredibly high ‘Did you know that.  .  . Quotient .  .  . Only Dr. The mythbuster and bestselling popular science author of A Grain of Salt tackles questions that show the scientific underpinnings of our culture.

Joe & what you didn’t know acts as both the source and satiation of scientific curiosity through a series of 177 chemistry-related questions and answers designed to both inform and entertain. From the esoteric to the everyday, the topics Dr.

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

The disappearing spoon masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery -- from the Big Bang through the end of time. From new york times bestselling author sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, finance, and more, mythology, medicine, the arts, as told by the Periodic Table.

These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the frequently mad scientists who discovered them. A classic science prank is to mold gallium spoons, serve them with tea, and watch guests recoil as their utensils disappear. Why did gandhi hate iodine i, 88 nearly ruin marie curie's reputation? and why is gallium Ga, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, 31 the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, betrayal, 53? How did radium Ra, and obsession.

Though solid at room temperature, gallium is a moldable metal that melts at 84 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

New york times bestseller • new york times notable book 2014 • Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books “A thrilling account of the modern material world. Wall street journal "miodownik, chocolate, explains the history and science behind things such as paper, glass, a materials scientist, and concrete with an infectious enthusiasm.

Scientific americanwhy is glass see-through? what makes elastic stretchy? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that renowned materials scientist Mark Miodownik constantly asks himself. In stuff matters, miodownik explores the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor to the foam in his sneakers.

Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way. Stuff matters is about hidden wonders, the astonishing properties of materials we think boring, banal, and unworthy of attention. It's possible this science and these stories have been told elsewhere, but like the best chocolatiers, Miodownik gets the blend right.

New york times Book Review  . Miodownik studies objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking

This easy-to-follow primer includes recipes that demonstrate the scientific concepts, Cherry Dream Cheese a protein gel, such as Whipped Creamsicle Topping a foam, and Lemonade with Chameleon Eggs an acid indicator. Exploring the scientific principles behind everyday recipes, this informative blend of lab book and cookbook reveals that cooks are actually chemists.

Following or modifying recipes is shown to be an experiment with acids and bases, emulsions and suspensions, gels and foams. Also included in this fun, yeast, such as how does altering the ratio of flour, butter, salt, fact-filled companion are answers to various culinary curiosities, sugar, and water affect how high bread rises? and Why is whipped cream made with nitrous oxide rather than the more common carbon dioxide?


What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

Is there really a difference between supermarket and sea salt? How is sugar made? Should cooks avoid aluminum pans? Interspersed throughout Wolke’s accessible and humorous answers to these and other mysteries are recipes demonstrating scientific principles. There is gravy that avoids lumps and grease; portuguese Poached Meringue that demonstrates cream of tartar at work; and juicy Salt-Seared Burgers…With its zest for the truth, this book will help cooks learn how to make more intelligent choices.

Publishers Weekly. Finalist for the james beard foundation Book Award and the IACP Cookbook Award"As good a read on the science of cooking as there is. Mark bittman, author of how to cook everything“wolke, longtime professor of chemistry and author of the Washington Post column Food 101, turns his hand to a Cecil Adams style compendium of questions and answers on food chemistry.


Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc

Periodic tales is an energetic and wide-ranging book of innovations and innovators, of superstition and science and the myriad ways the chemical elements are woven into our culture, history, and language. It will delight readers of genome, Longitude, Einstein’s Dreams, and The Age of Wonder.  . In the spirit of a short History of Nearly Everything comes Periodic Tales.

Award-winning science writer hugh Andersey-Williams offers readers a captivating look at the elements—and the amazing, little-known stories behind their discoveries.

Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

On the ides of march, julius caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, 44 BC, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. Without it, you would die in minutes. The guardian's best science Book of 2017: the fascinating science and history of the air we breathe.

It's ever-present. Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, steered human progress, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. It's invisible. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, German mustard gas, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.

Lively, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, witty, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second. In caesar's last breath, around the globe, which, it turns out, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.

Along the way, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. And it has an epic story to tell.

Further Adventures in Kitchen Science - What Einstein Told His Cook 2: The Sequel: Further Adventures in Kitchen Science: The Sequel

In the same plain language that made the first book a hit with both techies and foodies, clarity, Wolke combines the authority, writer, and wit of a renowned research scientist, and teacher. All those who cook, or for that matter go to the market and eat, better cooks, will become wiser consumers, and happier gastronomes for understanding their food.

In response to ongoing questions from the readers of his nationally syndicated Washington Post column, "Food 101, " Wolke continues to debunk misconceptions with reliable, commonsense answers. The scientist in the kitchen tells us more about what makes our foods tick. This sequel to the best-selling what einstein told His Cook continues Bob Wolke's investigations into the science behind our foods—from the farm or factory to the market, and through the kitchen to the table.

He has also added a new feature for curious cooks and budding scientists, "Sidebar Science, " which details the chemical processes that underlie food and cooking.

The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

From new york times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, language, and music, history, as told by our own DNA. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future.

In the violinist's thumb, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin it wasn't a tan to Einstein's genius. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.

They prove that neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. In the disappearing spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table.

Mystery of the Periodic Table

He introduces the young reader to people like von helmont, Stahl, Cavendish, all incredibly diverse in personality and approach, Boyle, Priestly, Lavoisier, and many others, who have laid the groundwork for a search that is still unfolding to this day. Leads the reader on a delightful and absorbing journey through the ages, on the trail of the elements of the Periodic Table as we know them today.

Illustrated by Jeanne Bendick and Ted Schluenderfritz. The first part of wiker's witty and solidly instructive presentation is most suitable to middle school age, while the later chapters are designed for ages 12-13 and up, with a final chapter somewhat more advanced.