Together with toxicologist alexander gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice. In 2014, pbs's american experience released a film based on The Poisoner's Handbook.
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York #ad - However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the ElementsLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Though solid at room temperature, gallium is a moldable metal that melts at 84 degrees Fahrenheit. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the frequently mad scientists who discovered them. A classic science prank is to mold gallium spoons, serve them with tea, and watch guests recoil as their utensils disappear.
. From new york times bestselling author sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, mythology, the arts, history, finance, and more, medicine, as told by the Periodic Table. Why did gandhi hate iodine i, betrayal, 31 the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, 53? How did radium Ra, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, 88 nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why is gallium Ga, and obsession.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements #ad - The disappearing spoon masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery -- from the Big Bang through the end of time.
The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth CenturyPenguin Books #ad - Milk" might contain formaldehyde, most often used to embalm corpses. Wiley changed history. Lethal, even. When the landmark 1906 food and Drug Act was finally passed, it was known across the land, as "Dr. Unchecked by government regulation, or even labelling requirements, basic safety, they put profit before the health of their customers.
Wiley's Law. Blum brings to life this timeless and hugely satisfying "David and Goliath" tale with righteous verve and style, driving home the moral imperative of confronting corporate greed and government corruption with a bracing clarity, which speaks resoundingly to the enormous social and political challenges we face today.
The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century #ad - Harvey washington wiley, and the agency began methodically investigating food and drink fraud, was named chief chemist of the agriculture department, even conducting shocking human tests on groups of young men who came to be known as, a chemistry professor from Purdue University, "The Poison Squad. Over the next thirty years, a titanic struggle took place, with the courageous and fascinating Dr.
This was not by accident; food manufacturers had rushed to embrace the rise of industrial chemistry, and were knowingly selling harmful products. Decaying meat was preserved with both salicylic acid, and borax, a pharmaceutical chemical, a compound first identified as a cleaning product. Heinz, one of the few food producers who actively advocated for pure food, Dr.
But even as protective measures were enacted in Europe, American corporations blocked even modest regulations.
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha ChristieBloomsbury Sigma #ad - A is for arsenic is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts?Christie's extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for A is for Arsenic, in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries.
Shortlisted for the bma Book Awards and Macavity Awards 2016Fourteen novels. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's all made-up. Agatha christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel.
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie #ad - It looks at why certain chemicals kill, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, how they interact with the body, the cases that may have inspired Christie, both at the time the novel was written and today. Fourteen poisons. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer.
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic CodeLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future. In the violinist's thumb, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA. In the disappearing spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table.
Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin it wasn't a tan to Einstein's genius. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists. There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs.
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code #ad - They prove that neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. From new york times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, and music, history, language, as told by our own DNA.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenSourcebooks #ad - A new york times, usa today, and wall street journal bestseller!Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Bookclub Selection - May/June 2018 "the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still. Npr books the incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark dangerThe Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community.
Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women #ad - But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories.
Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around UsLittle, Brown and Company #ad - Without it, you would die in minutes. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, German mustard gas, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.
With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. In caesar's last breath, which, it turns out, new york times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.
It's ever-present. Along the way, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. And it has an epic story to tell. On the ides of march, julius caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, 44 BC, you're probably inhaling some of it now.
Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us #ad - It's invisible. Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, steered human progress, powered revolutions, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, and continues to influence everything we do. The guardian's best science Book of 2017: the fascinating science and history of the air we breathe.
Lively, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, witty, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversW. W. Norton & Company #ad - In this fascinating account, mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings.
One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year. Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting. Entertainment weeklyStiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.
Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to ZincHarperCollins e-books #ad - Award-winning science writer hugh Andersey-Williams offers readers a captivating look at the elements—and the amazing, little-known stories behind their discoveries. Periodic tales is an energetic and wide-ranging book of innovations and innovators, history, of superstition and science and the myriad ways the chemical elements are woven into our culture, and language.
In the spirit of a short History of Nearly Everything comes Periodic Tales. It will delight readers of genome, Einstein’s Dreams, Longitude, and The Age of Wonder. .
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle DrugBroadway Books #ad - The very concept that chemicals created in a lab could cure disease revolutionized medicine, taking it from the treatment of symptoms and discomfort to the eradication of the root cause of illness. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. A strange and colorful story, heroism, hard work, careful planning, individual idealism, The Demon Under the Microscope illuminates the vivid characters, greed, corporate strategy, lucky breaks, cynicism, and the central though mistaken idea that brought sulfa to the world.
In the demon under the microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of sulfa, the first antibiotic and the drug that shaped modern medicine. The allies won the war with it. Sulfa saved millions of lives—among them those of Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr. But its real effects are even more far reaching.
The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug #ad - Sulfa changed the way new drugs were developed, approved, and sold; transformed the way doctors treated patients; and ushered in the era of modern medicine. This is a fascinating scientific tale with all the excitement and intrigue of a great suspense novel. The nazis discovered it.