Molecules: A Very Short Introduction (Anglais) Broché – 27 novembre 2003
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Almost no aspect of the exciting advances in molecular research studies at the beginning of the 21st Century has been left untouched and in so doing, Ball has presented an imaginative, personal overview, which is as instructive as it is enjoyable to read. (Harry Kroto, Chemistry Nobel Laureate 1996)
At no point does Stories of the Invisible sacrifice sound science for sound bites - we are in the hands of a scholar and true believer. (John Emsley Nature 20/08/2001)
This is a very readable and non-technical survey . . . All of the ingredients of a good work of ficiton are here. It really is a good bedtime read for all. (THES 04/01/2002)
Stories of the Invisible is a lucid account of the way that chemists see the molecular world . . . the text is enriched with many historical and literature references, and is accessible to the reader untrained in chemistry (THES, 04/01/2002)
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Each chapter covers a function of natural molecules( mostly biological) before examples are given of how scientists try to use those natural characteristics or processes either to try to make artificial molecules or to interact (or interfere) with nature. The book is accessible to the lay reader even if they might find some explanations more difficult, while readers with a more solid scientific education could find those descriptions a bit superficial (well, this is a "very short introduction", isn't?).
Chapter 1 is introductory (what are molecules, what they are made of, their shape and sizes, etc)
Chapter 2: The molecules of life [the cell, DNA, RNA, enzymes, proteins (role, what they are made of, how they are produced from DNA, energy that fuels the process ']
Chapter 3 : materials from molecules [structural molecules in the human body (skin, bone, muscle, hair, nails) and the proteins and enzymes that make them, with a focus on collagen. Spider silk and its hierarchical molecular arrangement that scientists have copied for artificial polymers. The animal/human cell's skeleton with its tubular structure inspiring scientists for carbon pipes)
Chapter 4 : molecules and energy (ATP and ADP molecules that provide energy for biochemical processes, mitochondria, digestion and breathing in animals/humans, photosynthesis in plants.Lire la suite ›