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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,092 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Penny Le Couteur, Jay Burreson Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • “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.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/19/2014

    " A book of pure chemistry. I suggest not trying to read this book like a novel. instead, skip back and forth throughout the book to find the gist of each chapter. :) good luck throughly reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tyra | 2/16/2014

    " amazing - a book on chemistry that is easy to read and very entertaining - who knew? "

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    " This book was enjoyable to read through for both my husband and me. It's an easy read and fun for later conversation pieces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heidi Hester | 1/24/2014

    " An excellent book. History linked to chemistry... amazing!! I have so many ideas on how to use this in my classroom!! "

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About the Author

Penny Le Couteur, PhD, has taught chemistry at Capilano College in British Columbia, Canada, for more than thirty years. She is also a past winner of the Polysar Award for outstanding chemistry teaching in Canadian colleges.