Curious Tales from Chemistry: The Last Alchemist in Paris by Lars Öhrström

By Lars Öhrström

it is a ebook approximately discovery and catastrophe, exploitation and invention, war and technological know-how - and the connection among people and the chemical parts that make up our planet. Lars Ohrstrom introduces us to a number of parts from S to Pb via stories of standard and impressive humans from all over the world. We meet African dictators controlling important offers of uranium; eighteenth-century explorers seeking out assets of helpful metals;
industrial spies stealing the secrets and techniques of steel-making. we discover out why the Hindenburg airship was once tragically choked with hydrogen, now not helium; why nail-varnish remover performed a key half in global battle I; and the true tale in the back of the legend of tin buttons and the downfall of Napoleon. In each one bankruptcy, we find
out concerning the specific houses of every aspect and the thoughts and ideas that experience enabled scientists to place it to functional use. those are the interesting (and occasionally terrifying) tales of chemistry in action.

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