Every Molecule Tells a Story

1st Edition

Simon Cotton

Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published November 16, 2011
Reference - 280 Pages - 369 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439807736 - CAT# K10398

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  • Covers a wide, balanced, range of substances that are key to our life and living it
  • Includes topical molecules – like designer drugs - and those not readily available in other texts at this level – e.g. cosmetic chemicals, molecules in venoms
  • Explores molecules and the chemical senses, especially smell, examining a wide range of odorants, including several important in perfumes
  • Blend of human interest and fascinating facts, placing the chemistry in a historical and social context
  • Useful as supplementary reading for organic and environmental chemistry courses, especially on junior level chemistry majors and premedical students for which a textbook does not currently exist
  • Written by a renowned scientist in the field whose current publications have an appealing writing style and easily reach the target audience


From cooking to medicine, from engineering to art, chemistry—the science of molecules—is everywhere.

A celebration of the molecules of chemistry, Every Molecule Tells a Story celebrates the molecules responsible for the experiences of everyday life: the air we breathe; the water we drink; the chemicals that fuel our living; the steroids that give us sex; the colours of the seasons; the drugs that heal us; and the scented molecules that enrich our diet and our encounters with each other. You can’t see them, but you know that they are there.

Unveiling the structures of poisonous "natural" substances and beneficial man-made molecules, this book brushes away any preconceived notions about chemistry to demonstrate why and how molecules matter.


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