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Every Molecule Tells a Story

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Atmosphere and Water Nitrogen (Dinitrogen, N2) Oxygen (Dioxygen, O2) Ozone (Trixoygen, O3) Carbon Dioxide, CO2 Noble Gases Water Deuterium Oxide (Heavy Water) Hydrogen Peroxide Carbohydrates and Artificial Sweeteners Introduction Trehalose Polysaccharides Hydrocarbons Acids and Alkalis Acids Alkalis Steroids and Sex Introduction Testosterone Man-Made Anabolic Steroids Contraception The Senses Carotene and Vision Taste Smell Chiral Molecules and Smell Pyrazines and Smell Pheromones Human Pheromones? Cosmetics and Perfumes Shampoo Hair Colouring and Waving Nail Varnish Face Powder Lipstick Mascara and Eye Shadow Sunscreen and Tanning Toothpaste Bad Breath and Mouthwash Body Odours and Deodorants Perfumes Natural Killers Curare Frog Venoms Tetrodotoxin Cone Snail Venoms (Conotoxins) Spider Venoms Scorpion Venoms Snake Venoms Strychnine Unnatural Killers Dimethylmercury Tetraethyllead Nerve Agents CS and Mustard Gas Mustard Gas Thalidomide Explosives Detecting Explosives Pleasure Molecules Phenylethylamine Amphetamine Methamphetamine Ecstasy Ritalin (Methylphenidate). Caffeine Cocaine Designer Drugs Ethanol LSD Nicotine Natural Healers Galantamine Opium and Morphine Heroin Penicillin Quinine and Antimalarials Taxol (Paclitaxel) Tetracycline Vancomycin Vinca Alkaloids Man-Made Healers Aspirin Ibuprofen Phenacetin Acetanilide Acetaminophen Acyclovir Beta-Blockers and Atenolol Azidothymidine. Cisplatin and Other Platinum Anticancer Drugs Linezolid Antidepressants Antiulcer Drugs Sulphanilamide and the Sulphonamides Antiflu Drugs Synthetic Polymers Polythene (or Polyethylene) Polyvinyl Chloride, Poly(chloroethene) Teflon, Poly(tetrafluoroethene), PTFE Polystyrene (Poly(phenylethene)) Poly(methyl cyanoacrylate) Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) Nylon Terylene Kevlar Polyurethane Bibliography Index

About the Author

Simon Cotton obtained his B.Sc. and PhD at Imperial College London, followed by research and teaching appointments at Queen Mary College, London, and the University of East Anglia. He subsequently taught chemistry in both state and independent schools for over 30 years, has lectured widely in the UK and carries out research on the chemistry of iron, cobalt, scandium, and the lanthanide elements.


"!in the science section of bookstores (those that have one) the shelves are stacked with books on origins of the universe and on dinosaurs (and biological evolution) physics, biology and geology, and never a chemistry-related book in sight. The bizarre aspect of this bias is that we can go about our daily lives without the need to contemplate the Big Bang hypothesis or the complexities of Darwinian evolution, but we do have to think about choices involving food & vitamins, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, together with news reports of atmospheric change, clean water, toxic chemicals, and so on." --Geoff Rayner-Canham, Memorial University of Newfoundland "Simon is eminently qualified to write this book. He knows exactly how to reach the target audience and I have been reading, and collecting, his articles for many years. He writes in a highly readable style with a lightness of touch which the subject demands if it is to attract and hold a wider audience. He writes successfully both as a qualified chemist and as a populariser." --John Emsley, University of Cambridge "The rampant and pervasive irrational fear of chemicals - "Chemophobia" in our society needs to cured, impossible as it may be, and Cotton's book will go a long way to eradicate this disease." --Gordon W. Gribble, Dartmouth College "Simon Cotton has that rare ability of making chemistry understandable and fascinating by combining intriguing scientific information and relevant human interest." --John Emsley, University of Cambridge

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