Napoleon's Buttons: 17 Molecules That Changed History

Version: Unabridged
Author: Penny Le Couteur , Jay Burreson
Narrator: Laural Merlington
Genres: History, Science & Technology
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: October 2011
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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Napoleon's Buttons is the fascinating account of seventeen groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine and law; they determined what we now eat, drink, and wear. A change as small as the position of an atom can lead to enormous alterations in the properties of a substance-which, in turn, can result in great historical shifts.

With lively prose and an eye for colorful and unusual details, Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.

Author Details

Author Details

Le Couteur, Penny

Penny Le Couteur, Ph.D., is a professor of chemistry at Capilano College in British Columbia, Canada, and the recipient of a Polysar Award for Outstanding Chemistry Teaching in Canadian Colleges.

Burreson, Jay

Jay Burreson, Ph.D., has worked as an industrial chemist and held a National Institutes of Health special fellowship at the University of Hawaii.