Rivelando gli stupefacenti collegamenti di natura chimica tra fatti apparentemente scollegati, gli autori presentano nel libro 17 gruppi di molecole che hanno cambiato il corso della storia, arrivando a determinare moltissimi aspetti della nostra vita quotidiana. Il lettore apprenderà per esempio come i bottoni delle uniformi dell'armata napoleonica, fatti di stagno, si sbriciolassero alle basse temperature, mettendo in notevoli difficoltà i soldati impegnati sul fronte russo (e, chissà, ipotecando così l'esito della campagna); come un banale incidente domestico con un grembiule detonante ebbe come conseguenza lo sviluppo dei moderni esplosivi e la nascita dell'industria cinematografica; come la passione degli europei per la caffeina, una molecola che dà una blanda dipendenza, finì per portare alla rivoluzione comunista in Cina.
- ISBN: 8830421561
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 408
The seventeen molecules: 1. Peppers, Nutmeg, and Cloves 2. Ascorbic Acid 3. Glucose 4. Cellulose 5. Nitro Compounds 6. Silk and Nylon 7. Phenol 8. Isoprene 9. Dyes 10. Wonder Drugs 11. The Pill 12. Molecules of Witchcraft 13. Morphine, Nicotine, and Caffeine 14. Oleic Acid 15. Salt 16. Chlorocarbon Compounds 17. Mol Leggi tutto
If you like Organic chemistry like i do, have a short attention span like i do, and have a passing interest in the economic, political, and cultural histories of textiles, dyes, and pharmaceuticals - you too may enjoy this nicely written non fiction work
This book would fit well in an introduction to chemistry class. I'd recommend it for teenagers who want to learn some chemistry before taking a class in high school. Here are a few interesting tidbits from the book: Is it possible that the buttons on Napolean's troops' jackets moving into Russia dis Leggi tutto
Non-fiction exploration of scientific elements which had an effect on life throughout the history of man. Writers searching for conflict to use in their stories may well want to buy this volume for the multitude of possibilities. My Take This was excellent. Couteur/Burreson beautifully provided a look Leggi tutto
Did the Russians defeat Napoleon because the French army's tin buttons decomposed in the cold Russian winter? It's hard to fight when you're having to hold your pants up and your coats closed.
This books takes a somewhat disjointed ride through how seventeen loosely defined classes of molecules changed world history. I was intrigued by the book's premise - not to describe the history of chemistry, but rather to reveal the chemistry of history. The book does an admirable job of assembling a Leggi tutto
Well, nice ideas and would-beens and a bunch of maybes over the history based on many different elements and molecules and whatnot. What I've had a problem with was when the book was getting all technical and shit. When they'd mention a bunch of scientific shit that I have no clue about and really g Leggi tutto
"Napoleon's Buttons" had the potential to be a most interesting book, covering discoveries of new materials, chemicals, and medicines over the past several hundred years. Examples of topics covered include: --- How European demand for the spice molecule piperine (the basic molecule of pepper) not onl Leggi tutto
Napoleon's Buttons: 17 molecules that changed history Penn7 Le Couteur & Jay Burresbon copyright: 2003 pages: 376 Ohhh, so that's why that happened! I had a lot of those moments as I read the little details that huge events turned on; yes, even when they were chemistry related. The book talked about the Leggi tutto
The title of this book may put some readers off but for those that like looking at history as more than just a bunch of dates and dead people, it is a fascinating read. The title comes from speculation that the tin buttons used by the French army may have decomposed as result from exposure to bitter Leggi tutto
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