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Napoleon’s Buttons

How 17 Molecules Changed History

By Penny LeCouter & Jay Burreson
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Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny LeCouter & Jay Burreson

Napoleon’s Buttons (2004) is all about the molecules that have guided the course of human history in the unlikeliest of ways. These blinks explore how major geopolitical and social changes can be traced back to the simple bonding of atoms in a molecule.

  • People interested in the history of chemistry
  • Students of history who want a different perspective on world events
  • Anyone who’s intrigued by the ways everyday objects have changed world history

Penny LeCouteur is an author and professor of chemistry based in Vancouver, Canada, and is the recipient of the Polysar Award for Outstanding Chemistry Teaching in Canadian Colleges.

Jay Burreson, PhD, is an industrial chemist and manager of a technology company.

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