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Napoleon's Buttons - by Penny Le Couteur & Jay Burreson (Paperback)

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  • Napoleon's Buttons is the fascinating account of seventeen groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history.
  • About the Author: PENNY CAMERON LE COUTEUR, PH.D., teaches chemistry at Capilano College in British Columbia, Canada, where she has been a professor for over thirty years.
  • 384 Pages
  • Science, History

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About the Book



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.



Book Synopsis



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



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

"The authors unearth a wealth of anecdotes from all parts of the world and use them effectively to illustrate the technological underpinnings of modern society. Thoughtful, often surprising, smoothly written."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Entertaining accounts of how various objects' chemical properties might have changed history."
--Library Journal
"What does the fiery compound C17H19O3N have to do with the discovery of North America? Plenty, according to this remarkable collection of scientific sleuthings. The book's cases -- especially the chapter blaming Napoleon's disastrous Russian campaign on the eponymous tin fasteners that failed to hold French uniforms together -- unfold like CSI meets the History Channel. A splendid example of better reading through chemistry. B+"
--Entertainment Weekly



"This book is both original and fascinating; I was quickly absorbed by this refreshing mix of science and history; I learned a lot of both and read this book quite quickly for a science book."

--The Literary Flaneur

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

"Most of us never give a thought to ... the chemicals that have changed the world. This is brought out beautifully in Napoleon's Buttons, with its brilliant blending of chemistry and culture. I found it engrossing, and a delight to read."



About the Author



PENNY CAMERON LE COUTEUR, PH.D., teaches chemistry at Capilano College in British Columbia, Canada, where she has been a professor for over thirty years. Winner of a Polysar Award for Outstanding Chemistry Teaching in Canadian Colleges, she was formerly the head of Capilano's chemistry department and was chair of pure and applied sciences. She has written chemistry distance-education courses, coauthored a chemistry textbook, and served as a project adviser in chemistry for universities in eastern Indonesia. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and now lives in North Vancouver.

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.

Dimensions (Overall): 8.9 Inches (H) x 5.9 Inches (W) x 1.0 Inches (D)
Weight: .85 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Science
Sub-Genre: History
Publisher: Tarcherperigee
Format: Paperback
Author: Penny Le Couteur & Jay Burreson
Language: English
Street Date: May 24, 2004
TCIN: 11338796
UPC: 9781585423316
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-6695
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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