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Napoleon's Buttons

Napoleon's Buttons

  • Author: Penny Le Couteur,Jay Burreson
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781440650321
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 384
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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, Le Couteur and Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.

More Book Lust

More Book Lust

Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason

  • Author: Nancy Pearl
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • ISBN: 1570616558
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 304
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The response to Nancy Pearl’s surprise bestseller Book Lust was astounding: the Seattle librarian even became the model for the now-famous Librarian Action Figure. Readers everywhere welcomed Pearl’s encyclopedic but discerning filter on books worth reading, and her Rule of 50 (give a book 50 pages before deciding whether to continue; but readers over 50 must read the same number of pages as their age) became a standard MO.

The Carbon Age

The Carbon Age

How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat

  • Author: Eric Roston
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 9780802778970
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 320
  • View: 9054
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What do bubbles in a soft drink, a bullet-proof vest, a plastic chair, and our DNA have in common? Carbon. It is, and forever has been, the ubiquitous architect of life and civilization, forming the chemical backbone of every living creature. And yet, when we hear the word today, it is more often than not in a crisis situation: carbon dioxide emissions are destroying the ozone layer and warming the planet; the volatile Middle East explodes atop its stores of hydrocarbons; carbohydrates threaten obesity and diabetics. Carbon, thus, sustains us and threatens us in equal measure, Eric Roston illuminates this essential element in all its forms, cleverly recreating the intricate carbon cycle on the page by tracing its journey from the Big Bang to Earth and its extraordinary infiltration of this planet and, in time, influence on humankind and civilization. Evoking its ubiquity-more than 99% of all 31 million known substances contain carbon-Roston chronicles the ways we have used it, often to surprising, and sometimes to catastrophic, effect: having sped up the carbon cycle in the last two centuries, we are now attempting to wrestle Earth's geochemical cycle back from the brink. Blending the latest science with original reporting, Roston makes us aware, as never before, of the seminal impact carbon has, and has had, on our lives.

What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next?

70 University of Virginia Professors Recommend Readings in History, Politics, Literature, Math, Science, Technology, the Arts, and More

  • Author: Jessica Rosalind Feldman,Robert Stilling
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780813927367
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 282
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What Should I Read Next? taps seventy University of Virginia professors in an array of fields for suggestions on how to satisfy this nagging intellectual curiosity. Each contributor recommends five titles that speak to their area of inquiry, providing both a general introduction and commentary on each selection. --from publisher description.

Crime and Circumstance

Crime and Circumstance

Investigating the History of Forensic Science

  • Author: Suzanne Bell
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 0313353867
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 251
  • View: 3718
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Offers a vivid and entertaining history of the evolution of forensic science and its use in the criminal justice system

Program of the ... Annual Meeting

Program of the ... Annual Meeting

  • Author: American Historical Association. Meeting
  • Publisher: N.A
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Issues in Science and Technology

Issues in Science and Technology

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  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Science
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Book review digest

Book review digest

  • Author: H.W. Wilson Company
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Books
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Cahiers de la Femme

Cahiers de la Femme

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  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Feminism
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Choice

Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

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  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Academic libraries
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