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Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names [Paperback]

May Paul W
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25 Oct 2008
This popular science book shows that chemists do have a sense of humor, and this book is a celebration of the quirky side of scientific nomenclature. Here, some molecules are shown that have unusual, rude, ridiculous or downright silly names. Written in an easy-to-read style, anyone not just scientists can appreciate the content. Each molecule is illustrated with a photograph and/or image that relates directly or indirectly to its name and molecular structure. Thus, the book is not only entertaining, but also educational.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Imperial College Press; 1 edition (25 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848162073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848162075
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,276,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It would make an excellent present for a chemist, giving hours of enjoyment over the holiday period. --Chemistry World

This book contains even more information than is available online ... it s certainly a fun volume to dip into. --Science in School

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5.0 out of 5 stars Comical chemical names 7 Feb 2009
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The very entertaining and nicely illustrated book about comical chemical names, written by Paul W May MOLECULES WITH SILLY OR UNUSUAL NAMES, is inherently funny but is best appreciated by people with some knowledge of chemical structures and how they are named. Many of the examples relate to organic molecules but other categories are included, such as minerals, proteins and genes. Explanatory, and often amusing, comments appear under each entry. Examples include arsole, fukugetin and cummingtonite. A vulgar sense of humour is a great help.
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