The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organic Chemistry
Paperback ISBN: 1592577539
An easy formula for success. With topics such as stereochemistry, carboxylic acids, and unsaturated hydrocarbons, itÂ's no wonder so many students have a bad reaction to organic chemistry class. Fortunately, this guide gives college students who are required to take organic chemistry an accessible, easy-to-follow companion to their textbooks. Â• With the tremendous growth in the health-care job market, many students are pursuing college degrees that require organic chemistry Â• Ian Guch is an award-winning chemistry teacher who has taught at both the high school and college levels
Caesar's Last Breath
And Other True Tales of History, Science, and the Sextillions of Molecules in the Air Around Us
Paperback ISBN: 0316381659
The Guardian's Best Science Book of 2017 The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it. With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation. Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. Along the way, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.
The Longest War
Paperback ISBN: 1451691602
An environmental journalist traces the historical war against rust, revealing how rust-related damage costs more than all other natural disasters combined and how it is combated by industrial workers, the government, universities, and everyday people.
The Inner World of Marie Curie
Hardcover ISBN: 0393051374
Draws on diaries, letters, and family interviews to discusses the lesser-known achievements and scientific insights of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist and producer of radium, documenting how she was compromised by the prejudices of a male-dominated society in spite of her accomplishments. 30,000 first printing.
The Case Against Sugar
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0307701646
Outlines compelling arguments about the health dangers of sugar, identifying the powerful lobbies behind its overuse while citing its role in a range of challenges from obesity to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Symphony in C
Carbon and the Evolution of Almost Everything
Hardcover ISBN: 039360943x
A leading earth scientist presents a lyrical history of the essential chemical element of carbon, tracing its origins from shortly after the dawn of creation and the first Big Bang-created atoms to the improbable natural carbon structures of the Earth.
Mad Science 2
Experiments You Can Do at Home, But Still Probably Shouldn't
Hardcover ISBN: 1579129323
Best-selling author Theodore Gray is back with all-new, spectacular experiments that demonstrate basic principles of chemistry and physics in thrilling, and memorable ways. For nearly a decade, Theodore Gray has been demonstrating basic principles of chemistry and physics through exciting, sometimes daredevil experiments that he executes, photographs, and writes about for his monthly Popular Science column "Gray Matter." Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home, But Probably Shouldn't, published by Black Dog in 2009, collected Gray's Popular Science columns, along with hundreds of photographs, many of which were not published with the original columns. Now comes the second volume of mad-scientist experiments, which includes more dramatic, enlightening, and sometimes daring demonstrations in which Gray dips his hand into molten lead to demonstrate the Leidenfrost effect; crushes a tomato between two small magnets to demonstrate the power of neodymium-iron-boron magnets; and creates trinkets out of solid mercury to demonstrate how the state of matter depends very much on the temperature at which it exists. Other experiments include: A foil boat floating on an invisible sea! DIY X-ray photos! A bacon lance that cuts steel! Charging a smart phone with apples and pennies! And dozens more!
Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
Paperback ISBN: 0375704043
The scientific wonder of youth is skillfully evoked in this intriguing memoir by the distinguished neurologist and author of Awakenings in which he describes his fascination with metals, gases, and chemicals, especially "Uncle Tungsten," and with unravelling the complex mysteries of the world around him. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Fulcanelli And the Alchemical Revival
The Man Behind the Mystery of the Cathedrals
Paperback ISBN: 1594770824
Sheds new light on the identity of the alchemist Fulcanelli â€¢ Provides new understanding of the relationships between the most important figures of the esoteric milieu of Paris in the first half of the 20th century â€¢ Includes a wealth of rarely seen documents, photos, and letters Fulcanelli, operative alchemist and author of The Mystery of the Cathedrals and The Dwellings of the Philosophers--two of the most important esoteric works of the twentieth century--remains himself a mystery. The true identity of the man who allegedly succeeded in creating the philosopher's stone has never been discovered, despite ardent searches by many--even the OSS (the wartime U.S. intelligence agency, later to become the CIA) claimed to have looked for him following the end of World War II. GeneviÃ¨ve Dubois looks at the esoteric milieu of Paris at the turn of the century, a time that witnessed a great revival of the alchemical tradition, and investigates some of its salient personalities. Could one of these have been this enigmatic man, reported to have last appeared in Seville, Spain, in 1952 when he would have been 113 years of age? The trail followed by the author encounters such figures as Papus, RenÃ© GuÃ©non, Schwaller de Lubicz, Pierre Dujols, Eugene Canseliet, and Jean-Julien Champagne. Working from rare documents, letters, and photos, Dubois suggests that one of these men could have been hiding his activity behind the pseudonym of Fulcanelli or that Fulcanelli may even have been a composite fabricated by several of these individuals working together. Beyond its attempt to reveal the actual identity of Fulcanelli, Fulcanelli and the Alchemical Revival also presents an explanation of the alchemical doctrine and reveals the unsuspected relationships among the important twentieth-century truth seekers it highlights.