Napoleon s Buttons

Describes seventeen chemical compounds in spices, textile fibers, dyes, explosives, medicines, and other substances--including the drugs that account for witches flying on broomsticks--and how they affect civilization.

Author: Penny Le Couteur

Publisher: Tarcher

ISBN: UOM:39015056786307

Category: Science

Page: 375

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Describes seventeen chemical compounds in spices, textile fibers, dyes, explosives, medicines, and other substances--including the drugs that account for witches flying on broomsticks--and how they affect civilization.

Napoleon s Buttons

Author: Penny Le Couteur

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440650321

Category: Science

Page: 384

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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, Le Couteur and Burreson offer a novel way to understand the shaping of civilization and the workings of our contemporary world.

Atoms Molecules and Compounds

Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2003. Levi, Primo. The Periodic Table. New York: Schocken Books, 1984. Rhodes, Richard. The Making of the Atomic Bomb. New York: Simon & Schuster, ...

Author: Phillip Manning

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438102344

Category: Atoms

Page: 145

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Atoms, Molecules, and Compounds goes behind the scenes of day-to-day chemistry to explore the atoms that govern chemical processes. In clear language, this exciting book shows how the interactions between simple substances such as salt and water ar

Crime and Circumstance

In Napoleon's Buttons. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin. ———. 2004. Napoleon's Buttons: 17 Molecules That Changed History. New York: Jeremy Tarcher/Penguin. Lucas, A. 1921. Forensic Chemistry. 1st ed. London: Edward Arnold & Co. ———.

Author: Suzanne Bell

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313353864

Category: Law

Page: 251

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Offers a vivid and entertaining history of the evolution of forensic science and its use in the criminal justice system

Extravagances

Le Couteur and Burreson repeat a theory that chemists used to circulate with great amusement: the buttons on the uniforms of Napoleon's army were made of tin, and so, in the freezing Russian winter of 1812, they lost their integrity and ...

Author: Cristina Giorcelli

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452944791

Category: Design

Page: 328

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This final volume in the four-volume series Habits of Being shows how the dialectic between everyday appearance and outrageous acts is mediated through clothing and accessories. It considers how clothing and accessories can move quickly from the ordinary to the extravagant. Employing many different approaches, these essays explore how wearing an object—a crown, a flower, an earring, a corsage, a veil, even a length of material—can stray beyond the bounds of the body on which it is placed into the discrepant territory of flagrantly excessive public signs of love, status, honor, prestige, power, desire, and display. The varied contributions of scholars (historians, ethnographers, literary and film critics) and artists (photographers, sculptors, writers, weavers, and embroiderers) take up the threads of these forays into history, psyche, and aesthetics in surprising and useful ways. With examples from around the world, contributors address how the simple action of ornamenting the body, even with something as common as a button, are open to elaborate interpretations—which themselves offer new understandings of human behavior and artistic endeavor. When our “habits of being” receive close scrutiny, they seem anything but habitual. Contributors: Mariapia Bobbiobi; Camilla Cattarulla, U of Rome Three; Paola Colaiacomo, Sapienza, U of Rome; Maria Damon, Pratt Institute of Art; Joanne B. Eicher, U of Minnesota; Maria Giulia Fabi, U of Ferrara; Margherita di Fazio; Adeena Karasick, Fordham U; Tarrah Krajnak, Pitzer College; Charlotte Nekola, William Paterson U; Victoria R. Pass, Maryland Institute College of Art; Amanda Salvioni, U of Macerata; Maria Anita Stefanelli, U of Rome Three.

The Matter of History

In an actual figure 5.2 A highly simplified graphical representation (for greater clarity. 37 Emsley, Nature's Building Blocks, 93. 38 Couteur, Napoleon's Buttons, 108–14. 39 Couteur, Napoleon's Buttons, 108–14. 40 Couteur, Napoleon's ...

Author: Timothy J. LeCain

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107134171

Category: History

Page: 367

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The Matter of History links the history of people with the history of things through a bold new materialist theory of the past.

Curious Tales from Chemistry

Buttons: A. Thin. Story. In Chapter 17 we encounter a liquid metal that turns to solid and a solid metal that turns ... The story of Napoleon's buttons and their allegedly fateful role in the disastrous 1812 campaign is widespread among ...

Author: Lars Öhrström

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191637063

Category: Science

Page: 272

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This is a book about discovery and disaster, exploitation and invention, warfare and science - and the relationship between human beings and the chemical elements that make up our planet. Lars Ohrstrom introduces us to a variety of elements from S to Pb through tales of ordinary and extraordinary people from around the globe. We meet African dictators controlling vital supplies of uranium; eighteenth-century explorers searching out sources of precious metals; industrial spies stealing the secrets of steel-making. We find out why the Hindenburg airship was tragically filled with hydrogen, not helium; why nail-varnish remover played a key part in World War I; and the real story behind the legend of tin buttons and the downfall of Napoleon. In each chapter, we find out about the distinctive properties of each element and the concepts and principles that have enabled scientists to put it to practical use. These are the fascinating (and sometimes terrifying) stories of chemistry in action.

The Last Alchemist in Paris

I was in Vilnius to search for some buttons, preferably made of tin. The story of Napoleon's buttons and their allegedly fateful role in the disastrous 1812 campaign is widespread among scientists and science teachers.

Author: Lars Ohrstrom

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199661091

Category: Science

Page: 272

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La 4eme de couv. indique : "This is a book about discovery and disaster, exploitation and invention, warfare and science, and the relationship between human beings and the chemical elements that make up our planet. It is an introduction to chemistry as you never thaught it at school."

The Legend Of Napoleon

Items of clothing with Napoleonic buttons were generally worn in private, but occasionally some men could not resist the temptation of showing off their emblems in public: in the Morbihan in 1818 a former member of the National Guard ...

Author: Sudhir Hazareesingh

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 9781783781232

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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'God was bored with Napoleon,' wrote Victor Hugo, and the Emperor was duly defeated at Waterloo in 1815 and exiled to St Helena, where he died an agonizing and horrifying death. The Emperor's real legacy is the modernizing and beautifying of Paris, the official promotion of religious tolerance, the current French legal and educational systems, and the European Union, to name but a few Napoleonic initiatives. And of course, the legend lives on. Drawing on new archival research, Hazareesingh traces not only the emergence of the Napoleonic myth and how it developed into a potent political culture, but also the amazing tenacity of popular affection for the Emperor, manifest in countless busts and portraits in ordinary citizens' homes, grass-roots political activism, miraculous apparitions reported after his death and the memories kept alive by thousands of imperial war veterans. This book is a timely study of why the fascination with Napoleon has endured for two centuries.

The Highly Engaged Classroom

Napoleon's Buttons: 17 Molecules That Changed History by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson (2004). This book blends science and history in a humorous way. For example, the buttons for all soldiers in Napoleon's army were made of tin.

Author: Robert J. Marzano

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 9781935543121

Category: Education

Page: 384

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Student engagement happens as a result of a teacher’s careful planning and execution of specific strategies. This self-study text provides in-depth understanding of how to generate high levels of student attention and engagement. Using the suggestions in this book, every teacher can create a classroom environment where engagement is the norm, not the exception.