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Molecules That Changed the World

K. C. Nicolaou, Tamsyn Montagnon

ISBN: 978-3-527-30983-2 February 2008 385 Pages

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K.C. Nicolaou - Winner of the Nemitsas Prize 2014 in Chemistry

Here, 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.

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Atomic Theory and Total Synthesis
Terpineol
Aspirin
Penicillin
Taxol(TM)
D-Glucose
Urea
Camphor
Tropinone
Haemin
Morphine
Strychnine
Penecillin
Longifolene
Prostaglandins
Vitamin B12
Erythronolide
Monensin
Avermectin
Amphotericin
Ginkgolide
Cyclosporin, FK 506, and Rapamycin
Calcheamicin
Palytoxin
Taxol
Mevacor, Zaragozic Acid, and the CP Molecules
Brevetoxin
Ecteinascidin
Epothilones
Resiniferatoxin
Vancomycin
Quinine

"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)
Nemitsas Prize 2014 in Chemistry

 Read the press announcement: Our author K.C. Nicolaou has earned three prestigious international honors recently, including the Nemitsas Prize 2014 in Chemistry.