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Molecules That Changed the World Hardcover – March 20, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-3527309832 ISBN-10: 3527309837 Edition: 1st

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"This book will sit proudly on my shelf, and I fully expect it to be a useful reference source. I hope that will be true of schools and colleges too."
Chemistry and Industry, June 2008

"The book's style and content are more accessible than is the case for most other books on synthetic organic chemistry that you're likely to encounter." (Chemical and Engineering News, June 2008)

"This book will change the attitudes of many to science." (Chemistry in Australia, June 2008)

"I found this book a highly enjoyable read. This fresh approach should be applauded and will no doubt become a classic in its own right." (Chemistry World, June 2008)

"This book will no doubt educate, inspire and motivate?" (Angewandte Chemie, 2008-47/18)

"...delightfully designed book?" (Portal für Organische Chemie, Feburary 2008)

"You will meet for instance Milan Uskovivic, who prepared desoxyquinine or Leo Sternbach the 'father' of the benzodiazepines too. Happy reading!" (RoSearch, April 2008)

"This book is a true treasure chest of information, chemical and non-chemical..." (ChemMedChem, April 2008)

"A wonderfully suitable gift for anyone who is interested in chemistry, and will serve to enhance that fascination and interest." (Organic Chemistry Portal, March 2008)

"A scientific journey encapsulating the most important aspects of the history of chemical discovery over the last 50 years." (MedicalNewsToday.com, 16 March 2008)

About the Author

K. C. Nicolaou is Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego and is Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and holds the Skaggs Professorship of Chemical Biology and the Darlene Shiley Chair in Chemistry at The Scripps Research Insitute. His impact on chemistry flows from his works in chemical synthesis and chemical biology described in over 550 publications and 55 patents.

Tamsyn Montagnon received her B.Sc. in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Leeds, UK, which was followed by a move to the University of Sussex where she obtained a D.Phil in 2000. She was awarded a GlaxoWellcome post-doctoral fellowship and joined Professor K. C. Nicolaou's group as a postdoc. She is now assistant professor at the University of Crete.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-VCH; 1 edition (March 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3527309837
  • ISBN-13: 978-3527309832
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By momma H on December 1, 2008
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I bought this for a friend of mine who is a retired high school Chemistry teacher. I am also a hs Chem. teacher, so have a general knowledge about Chemistry. I was pleased as I started to browse the book, and found many of the initial molecules interesting and exciting. However, as I got more into the book, I was a little disappointed in the self-effacing turn it took. The author was featured in about 10 photos, and it I felt it turned into a bit of a self-promotion. I thought there would be a broader treatment of more commonly used molecules instead of what the author and his colleagues have done.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo A. Silva on May 9, 2008
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A well produced and well written narrative of a difficult subject to write about. I was impressed with the extensive references and the beautiful renditions of various molecules. Though only someone with a fairly good grasp of chemistry could appreciate many of the finer points, the book does have an appeal because of the way complex material is presented so that it becomes understandable. The physical size of the edition which I got makes it somewhat unwieldy to read in an easy chair! It would grace any coffee table because of the fine quality of the production.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Kerns on July 18, 2010
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While the stories are interesting, the author makes every opportunity to insert his name and photo with each "great" person... not so subtully suggesting he is in the same category, and also needs to be awarded a Nobel Prize. It is obvious and overdone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George V. Calder on March 2, 2009
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There aren't very many good books about chemistry compared to other sciences, especially astronomy and physics. There are chemistry texts but not many books that communicate the impact and excitement of chemistry.
This book fills that need. It is written in self-contained "boxes", so the complete novice can skip a "box" that appears too technical, without losing the continuity and excitement of the story. "Molecules..." also provides some insight into the big players in the chemistry game that even the professional chemist will find captivating. A good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z. Poulos on November 13, 2009
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I love this book. Compared to Nicolaou's Classics this is a coffee table book. It is beautiful in its presentation, with a plethora of pictures and artwork throughout. Each succinct chapter is exceedingly interesting, with detailed historical accounts of the molecule and the personalities involved.
Ultimately, this is why I love the book: the author's have managed to present the people involved in the discovery, and synthesis of molecules that have changed the world in an accessible way and in an artful format. My already intense interest in organic chemistry has multiplied after reading a couple chapters. If you're at all interested in the history of organic chemistry, especially if you're a graduate student working with natural products, you'll really enjoy the book. If you can balance it, a chapter during a column is manageable.
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By Jeff on March 12, 2013
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Very nice and visual book. Has a lots of historical background information with pictures of people in volved amparati used and of the pharmaceutical agents. Beautiful depiction of the molecules themselves with various structural representation techniques.
Great book for the novice or beginning chemist, a very nice coffee table piece.
But this is NOT an in-depth reference book for medicinal or pharmaceutical chemists seeking ADME or PK information etc.
Otherwise a very interesting and animated colorful chemistry book.
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I bought this book for a class (taught by the author of this book). at first, this book seems like a children's book, with its big colored pages. however, this book is amazing to read. its very interesting and informative. also, all the pictures definitely were nice. this book talks about some of the most important molecules that were used throughout history and how they were discovered. i found this book very easy to read and i learned a lot about many important molecules and their applications.
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By Peter L. Mattei on December 10, 2012
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I have to agree with some other reviewers: The author has published a good volume with a peculiarly self-promoting bias and concentration on his labors over the years. On the other hand, this guy is sharp - we in San Diego are losing him to Houston. When ego is supported in-fact, we must simply call it genius.

In all, it's a good way to reflect and marvel upon the diligent efforts of dedicated and smart researchers in the science. Hats off!
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