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Every Molecule Tells a Story
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Table of Contents

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.

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"!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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