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Recommendations from 12 articles, Hamilton Morris, Raychelle Burks, Stewart Brand.
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The Disappearing Spoon
And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Sam Kean - Jun 06, 2011
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Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it's also a treasure trove of...
Chemistry
The Central Science (14th Edition) (MasteringChemistry)
Theodore E. Brown - Jan 14, 2017 (first published in 1977)
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For courses in two-semester general chemistry. Accurate, data-driven authorship with expanded interactivity leads to greater student engagement Unrivaled problem sets, notable scientific accuracy and currency, and remarkable clarity have made Chemistry: The Central Science the leading general chemistry text for more than a decade. Trusted, innovat...
Elements
A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
Theodore Gray - Oct 01, 2009
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With more than 1 million copies sold worldwide, The Elements is the most entertaining, comprehensive, and visually arresting book on all 118 elements in the periodic table....
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Stewart Brand
Chemistry For Dummies
John T. Moore - May 31, 2016 (first published in 2002)
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Chemistry For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781119293460) was previously published as Chemistry For Dummies, 2nd Edition (9781118007303). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product....
The Poisoner's Handbook
Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
Deborah Blum - Jan 24, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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Deborah Blum, writing with the high style and skill for suspense that is characteristic of the very best mystery fiction, shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. In The Poisoner's Handbook Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trai...
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Raychelle Burks
Napoleon's Buttons
How 17 Molecules Changed History
Penny Le Couteur - May 24, 2004 (first published in 1991)
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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 det...
Chemistry
A Molecular Approach (5th Edition)
Nivaldo J. Tro - Feb 07, 2019 (first published in 1904)
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For courses in chemistry. Actively engage students to become expert problem solvers and critical thinkers Nivaldo Tro's Chemistry: A Molecular Approach presents chemistry visually through multi-level images--macroscopic, molecular, and symbolic representations--to help students see the connections between the world they see around them, the atoms...
The Periodic Table
Primo Levi - Apr 04, 1995 (first published in 1975)
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The Periodic Table by Primo Levi is an impassioned response to the Holocaust: Consisting of 21 short stories, each possessing the name of a chemical element, the collection tells of the author's experiences as a Jewish-Italian chemist before, during, and after Auschwitz in luminous, clear, and unfailingly beautiful prose. It has been named the best...
Organic Chemistry As a Second Language
First Semester Topics
David R. Klein - May 01, 2016 (first published in 2011)
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Readers continue to turn to Klein's Organic Chemistry as a Second Language: First Semester Topics, 4th Edition because it enables them to better understand fundamental principles, solve problems, and focus on what they need to know to succeed. This edition explores the major principles in the field and explains why they are relevant. It is written ...
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Hamilton Morris
Molecules
The Elements and the Architecture of Everything
Theodore Gray - Mar 13, 2018 (first published in 2014)
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In his highly anticipated sequel to The Elements, Theodore Gray demonstrates how the elements of the periodic table combine to form the molecules that make up our world. Everything physical is made up of the elements and the infinite variety of molecules they form when they combine with each other. In Molecules, Theodore Gray takes the next step in...
A companion to the bestselling book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, this beautiful photographic card deck features all 118 elements in the periodic table. One element per card appears as a full-size image on the front and fascinating information about the element on the back.The Photographic Card Deck of The ...
Chemistry by Clifford C. Houk
Chemistry by Karen C. Timberlake
Chemistry by Karen C. Timberlake
The Fabulous and Fun World of Chemistry! by Angela Taha Naef
The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry by Larry Gonick
H2O by Philip Ball
Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks
Chemistry by Martin Silberberg
Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams