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Molecules that Changed the World

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By: KC Nicolaou(Author), Tamsyn Montagnon(Author)

385 pages, colour illustrations


Hardback | Feb 2008 | #217669 | ISBN-13: 9783527309832
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Here, the best-selling author and renowned researcher, K. C. Nicolaou, presents around 40 natural products that all have an enormous impact on our everyday life. Printed in full color throughout with a host of pictures, Molecules that Changed the World is written in the author's very enjoyable and distinct style, such that each chapter is full of interesting and entertaining information on the facts, stories and people behind the scenes. Molecules covered span the healthy and useful, as well as the much-needed and extremely toxic, including Aspirin, urea, camphor, morphine, strychnine, penicillin, vitamin B12, Taxol, Brevetoxin and quinine.

"I highly recommend this elegant and unique book for every scientist and even for nonscientists with a desire to learn the effects of scientific endeavors in human history. It is a major achievement for the field and rightly so foreworded by two Nobel Prize winners, E.J. Corey and Ryoji Noyori."
- Human Genomics, 1 May 2012

"This book will sit proudly on my shelf, and I fully expect it to be a useful reference source. I hope that will be true of schools and colleges too."
- Chemistry and Industry, June 2008

"The book's style and content are more accessible than is the case for most other books on synthetic organic chemistry that you're likely to encounter."
- Chemical and Engineering News, June 2008

"This book will change the attitudes of many to science."
- Chemistry in Australia, June 2008

"I found this book a highly enjoyable read. This fresh approach should be applauded and will no doubt become a classic in its own right."
- Chemistry World, June 2008

"This book will no doubt educate, inspire and motivate [...]"
- Angewandte Chemie, 2008-47/18

" [...] delightfully designed book [...]"
- Portal für Organische Chemie, Feburary 2008

"You will meet for instance Milan Uskovivic, who prepared desoxyquinine or Leo Sternbach the 'father' of the benzodiazepines too. Happy reading!"
- RoSearch, April 2008

"This book is a true treasure chest of information, chemical and non-chemical [...] "
- ChemMedChem, April 2008

"A wonderfully suitable gift for anyone who is interested in chemistry, and will serve to enhance that fascination and interest."
- Organic Chemistry Portal, March 2008

"A scientific journey encapsulating the most important aspects of the history of chemical discovery over the last 50 years."
-, 16 March 2008


- Atomic Theory and Total Synthesis
- Terpineol
- Aspirin
- Penicillin
- Taxol(TM)
- D-Glucose
- Urea
- Camphor
- Tropinone
- Haemin
- Morphine
- Strychnine
- Penecillin
- Longifolene
- Prostaglandins
- Vitamin B12
- Erythronolide
- Monensin
- Avermectin
- Amphotericin
- Ginkgolide
- Cyclosporin, FK 506, and Rapamycin
- Calcheamicin
- Palytoxin
- Taxol
- Mevacor, Zaragozic Acid, and the CP Molecules
- Brevetoxin
- Ecteinascidin
- Epothilones
- Resiniferatoxin
- Vancomycin
- Quinine

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K. C. Nicolaou is Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego and is Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and holds the Skaggs Professorship of Chemical Biology and the Darlene Shiley Chair in Chemistry at The Scripps Research Insitute. His impact on chemistry flows from his works in chemical synthesis and chemical biology described in over 550 publications and 55 patents.

Tamsyn Montagnon received her B.Sc. in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Leeds, UK, which was followed by a move to the University of Sussex where she obtained a D.Phil in 2000. She was awarded a GlaxoWellcome post-doctoral fellowship and joined Professor K. C. Nicolaou's group as a postdoc. She is now assistant professor at the University of Crete.

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