Molecules That Changed the World (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/3/17
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K.C. Nicolaou - Winner of the Nemitsas Prize 2014 in ChemistryHere, the best-selling author and renowned researcher, K. C. Nicolaou, presents around 40 natural products that all have an enormous impact on our everyday life. Printed in full color throughout with a host of pictures, this book is written in the author's very enjoyable and distinct style, such that each chapter is full of interesting and entertaining information on the facts, stories and people behind the scenes. Molecules covered span the healthy and useful, as well as the much-needed and extremely toxic, including Aspirin, urea, camphor, morphine, strychnine, penicillin, vitamin B12, Taxol, Brevetoxin and quinine.
A veritable pleasure to read.
"This book will sit proudly on my shelf, and I fully expect it to be a useful reference source. I hope that will be true of schools and colleges too."
Chemistry and Industry, June 2008
"The book's style and content are more accessible than is the case for most other books on synthetic organic chemistry that you're likely to encounter." (Chemical and Engineering News, June 2008)
"This book will change the attitudes of many to science." (Chemistry in Australia, June 2008)
"I found this book a highly enjoyable read. This fresh approach should be applauded and will no doubt become a classic in its own right." (Chemistry World, June 2008)
"This book will no doubt educate, inspire and motivate?" (Angewandte Chemie, 2008-47/18)
"...delightfully designed book?" (Portal für Organische Chemie, Feburary 2008)
"You will meet for instance Milan Uskovivic, who prepared desoxyquinine or Leo Sternbach the 'father' of the benzodiazepines too. Happy reading!" (RoSearch, April 2008)
"This book is a true treasure chest of information, chemical and non-chemical..." (ChemMedChem, April 2008)
"A wonderfully suitable gift for anyone who is interested in chemistry, and will serve to enhance that fascination and interest." (Organic Chemistry Portal, March 2008)
"A scientific journey encapsulating the most important aspects of the history of chemical discovery over the last 50 years." (MedicalNewsToday.com, 16 March 2008)
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In all, it's a good way to reflect and marvel upon the diligent efforts of dedicated and smart researchers in the science. Hats off!
Ultimately, this is why I love the book: the author's have managed to present the people involved in the discovery, and synthesis of molecules that have changed the world in an accessible way and in an artful format. My already intense interest in organic chemistry has multiplied after reading a couple chapters. If you're at all interested in the history of organic chemistry, especially if you're a graduate student working with natural products, you'll really enjoy the book. If you can balance it, a chapter during a column is manageable.
Great book for the novice or beginning chemist, a very nice coffee table piece.
But this is NOT an in-depth reference book for medicinal or pharmaceutical chemists seeking ADME or PK information etc.
Otherwise a very interesting and animated colorful chemistry book.