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The rhubarb connection and other revelations : the everyday world of metal ions

Author: Lars Öhrström; Jacques Covès
Publisher: London, UK : Royal Society of Chemistry, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Pink warships that vanish at dusk, urinary maladies of an emperor, and a gold test for cocaine--behold the chemistry of metal ions as never before. In this book you will learn about the sarcophagus molecule, the Chen-Kao test, and how murderers can be caught blue-handed with the wonders of glowing luminol. You will also meet the hidden chemistry of metal ions in everyday life, from the clever modern devices that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lars Öhrström; Jacques Covès
ISBN: 9781788010948 1788010949
OCLC Number: 1083440821
Description: xxi, 211 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Overture --
Fantastic metal ions and how to catch them --
Rhubarb, an emperor and the butler's pride --
Mining, magnets and making new elements --
On poisoning, self-poisoning and the Euro --
Down to earth chemistry --
Chemicals from trees and how the Pacific yew was saved --
Molecules and murderers : the art of detection and measuring --
MEtal medications and metals versus medicines --
Blood, iron and body metals --
Vanishing warships and sugary gold.
Responsibility: by Lars Öhrström and Jacques Covès.

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"Pink warships that vanish at dusk, urinary maladies of an emperor, and a gold test for cocaine--behold the chemistry of metal ions as never before. In this book you will learn about the sarcophagus molecule, the Chen-Kao test, and how murderers can be caught blue-handed with the wonders of glowing luminol. You will also meet the hidden chemistry of metal ions in everyday life, from the clever modern devices that measure blood-sugar levels, to the leather on your shoes and chewing gum stuck to their soles. Expect to encounter a fair share of heroes and villains, real and fictional, scientist and layperson. Such characters include an ex-MI5 employee running a hospital ward in London amid falling German V1 rockets, a notorious racing cyclist, a proud butler and the lady who first proposed nuclear fission (it's not who you think it is). With engaging, humorous and intelligent prose, the reader will discover the fascinating back-stories of chemical discoveries and inventions where metal ions have played a major role."--Page 4 of cover.

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