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Mega molecules : tales of adhesives, bread, diamonds, eggs, fibers, foams, gelatin, leather, meat, plastics, resists, rubber ... and cabbages and kings

Author: Hans-Georg Elias
Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer-Verlag, ©1987.
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Without macromolecules, no clothes since all fibers are made from macromolecules. A beautiful tower of thought was erected by the chemical sciences long before the idea of giant mole- cules,  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Elias, Hans-Georg, 1928-
Mega molecules.
Berlin ; New York : Springer-Verlag, ©1987
(OCoLC)904187674
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hans-Georg Elias
ISBN: 0387175415 9780387175416 3540175415 9783540175414
OCLC Number: 15109382
Notes: Translation of: Grosse Moleküle.
Description: xiii, 202 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 1 Genuine Plastics and Other Natural Products.- 2 In the Beginning was the Deed.- 2.1 From Rubber to Elastomers.- 2.2 Cotton and Its Children.- 2.3 The First Plastics.- 3 How Big is Big?.- 3.1 Atoms and Molecules.- 3.2 Chemical Elements and Compounds.- 3.3 Valences and Bonds.- 3.4 Isotopes.- 3.5 Masses and Molar Masses.- 4 False Doctrines.- 4.1 The Discovery of Polymerizations.- 4.2 Carbon Chains.- 4.3 What is a Polymer?.- 4.4 Necessity Fathers Inventions.- 5 The Mysterious Crazy Glue.- 5.1 Macromolecules Step by Step.- 5.2 The Art of High Conversions.- 5.3 Macromolecules in One Stroke.- 5.4 Giants and Their Functionalities.- 6 Corn Syrup and Hi-Tech.- 6.1 Grass and Card-Board.- 6.2 Sweet Potatoes and Tough Meat.- 6.3 Plastics Waste and Electronics.- 7 Engine Oils and Vanilla Sauces.- 7.1 Leftists are Less Preferred.- 7.2 Coils.- 7.3 Secrets of Engine Oils.- 8 Screwing Up Things.- 8.1 Deterministic Coincidences.- 8.2 Tactful Molecules.- 8.3 Helices and No End.- 8.4 Expedient Packaging.- 8.5 Foaming Spaghetti and Bursting Eggs.- 8.6 TV Dinners and Stale Bread.- 9 Spiders, Weavers, and Webs.- 9.1 Silk, Artificial Silk, and Polyester.- 9.2 Wool, Cotton, and Acrylics.- 9.3 Paper and Leather.- 10 How to Iron Correctly.- 10.1 Glasses and Glass Transitions.- 10.2 Ironing and Shaving.- 10.3 Plasticizers.- 11 From Cheap Substitutes to High Performance Materials.- 11.1 Thermoplastics and Thermosets.- 11.2 Stronger than Steel.- 11.3 Unity Creates Strength.- 12 Everything Flows.- 12.1 Deborah and the Tennis Rackets.- 12.2 Entangled Knee-Joints.- 12.3 Rubbers, Gums, and Elastomers.- 12.4 Physical Vulcanizations.- 13 In and Out.- 13.1 From Moses to Marmelade.- 13.2 Dreaming of Better Foams.- 13.3 All the Things One Packages.- 13.4 Sticking Together and Holding Apart.- 14 Charges and Currents.- 14.1 Siemens Inverts Ohm.- 14.2 Insulators and Xerox.- 14.3 How to Convert Insulators into Conductors.- Suggested Readings.- SI Prefixes and Common Names of Numbers.- Physical Units in the SI System.- Conversion of Some Anglo-Saxon Units.- Symbols, Names, Atomic Numbers, and Relative Atomic Masses of Chemical Elements.- Some Trade Names and Trivial Names of Polymers.
Other Titles: Grosse Moleküle.
Responsibility: Hans-Georg Elias.

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