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Napoleon's Buttons: 17 Molecules That Changed History
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Publisher J P Tarcher
Publication date May 1, 2004
Pages 375
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781585423316
ISBN-10 1585423319
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
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Considers that Napoleon's 1812 Russian campaign may have failed because cold temperatures caused his army's tin buttons to disintegrate, identifying other important moments and traditions in history that were influenced by molecular properties. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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, Le Couteur and Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.

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Reprint edition from J P Tarcher (May 1, 2004)
9781585423316 | details & prices | 375 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $16.95
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