Napoleon's Buttons Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1585423316
ISBN-10: 1585423319
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Women who use birth control pills probably care more about their effectiveness than about how they actually work, and although ignorance here may be bliss, it also cheats one of a good science story, involving a driven chemist making a serendipitous discovery about cortisone. Le Couteur and Burreson roll out 17 episodes selected for their salience in affecting health as well as history at large. This pair of chemists doesn't overinterpret a particular chemical as a historical influence but makes speculating on, say, piperene, a sporting diversion. Piperene is the molecule that causes taste buds to sting from pepper. Venice had a monopoly on the pepper trade, which rivals wished to break, motivating the voyages of discovery. Although connections frame the authors' tales (the title refers to tin buttons, which contributed to Napoleon's defeat in Russia), each story dwells on its molecular protagonist. The authors diagram the formula and shape of each, from the polymer behind the sheen in silk to the ionic bonds in the taste of salt. Well-conceived, well-done popular science. Gilbert Taylor
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"Well-conceived, well-done popular science." ---Booklist

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  • File Size: 5336 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (May 24, 2004)
  • Publication Date: May 24, 2004
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NQGN24
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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