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Emsley, John

Works: 105 works in 530 publications in 9 languages and 19,305 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Handbooks and manuals  History  Case studies  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Other, Contributor, Editor
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Most widely held works by John Emsley
The elements by John Emsley( Book )

91 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 2,967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The third edition of this widely acclaimed reference book collects together the most important facts about all the chemical elements in a single volume. In addition to chemical, physical, nuclear, and electron data, this edition includes new sections on crystal, biological, and geological data. The alphabetical format of the earlier versions has been retained. Also included are the six newly approved IUPAC names of the elements 104-109; rutherfordium, dubnium, seaborgium, bohrium, hassium, and meitnerium." "This handy reference guide is for chemists, physicists, spectroscopists, geologists, life scientists, and environmentalists."--Jacket
Vanity, vitality, and virility : the science behind the products you love to buy by John Emsley( )

35 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 2,802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The science behind alpha-hydroxy acids, chlorine bleach, and other chemicals that people use every day is explored in a fascinating study that examines, through amusing anecdotes and odd facts, if and how they work. What is the secret of shower cleaners? How does the dangerous explosive nitroglycerin ward off heart attacks? And what medicines, usually prescribed for other purposes, are said to produce the ultimate orgasm? In Vanity, Vitality, and Virility, award-winning science writer John Emsley offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of 30 chemicals that we use everyday to make ourselves more beautiful, to improve our diet and sexual pleasure, to kill germs, and to ward off depression and other mental illnesses. Emsley looks at common compounds such as alpha-hydroxy acids, vitamin C, chlorine bleach, and Prozac, telling us if they work, how they work, and how they were discovered. Indeed, the book is packed with useful information and easy-to-digest science, and Emsley relates it all with a light touch that delights in the odd fact or amusing anecdote. Thus we learn of the "vitamin C tights" sold in Japan to make your legs more beautiful (they don't work) and of the whimsical Hungarian scientist who first isolated vitamin C and wanted to name it "godnose", because he had no idea what the compound was. We discover that Cleopatra was right to bath in milk, which is filled with alpha-hydroxy acids. And we read about the unforgettable British researcher who demonstrated a powerful new drug for male erections at a Las Vegas convention, injecting himself with the compound and then "displaying the results" to a stunned lecture hall. As with the much-loved Nature's Building Blocks, in John Emsley's hands, chemistry comes alive. Anyone curious about the ingredients in the products we use, and everyone fascinated with science, will be enthralled by this book
The elements of murder by John Emsley( )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was Napoleon killed by the arsenic in his wallpaper? How did Rasputin survive cyanide poisoning? Which chemicals in our environment pose the biggest threat to our health today? Chemist Emsley offers an account of five of the most toxic elements--arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium--describing their lethal chemical properties and highlighting their use in some of the most famous murder cases in history. Emsley also shows which toxic elements may have been behind the madness of King George III (almost certainly a case of acute lead poisoning), the delusions of Isaac Newton, and the strange death of King Charles II. In addition, the book examines many modern day environmental catastrophes, including accidental mass poisoning from lead and arsenic, and the Minamata Bay disaster in Japan.--From publisher description
Molecules at an exhibition : portraits of intriguing materials in everyday life by John Emsley( Book )

26 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emsley describes chemicals which affect every aspect of our daily lives, including anecdotes about their proper or improper uses
Nature's building blocks : an A-Z guide to the elements by John Emsley( Book )

34 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents chemical, physical, nuclear, electron, crystal, biological, and geological data on all the chemical elements
Was it something you ate? : food intolerance, what causes it and how to avoid it by John Emsley( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Identifies the common chemicals that cause food intolerance reactions, including both natural and added substances; lists the foods containing both high and low levels of the toxins; and discusses the difference between food intolerance and food allergy. Includes case studies
Molecules of murder : criminal molecules and classic cases by John Emsley( Book )

29 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Molecules of Murder is about infamous murderers and famous victims; about people like Harold Shipman, Alexander Litvinenko, Adelaide Bartlett, and Georgi Markov. Few books on poisons analyse these crimes from the viewpoint of the poison itself, doing so throws a new light on how the murders or attempted murders were carried out and ultimately how the perpetrators were uncovered and brought to justice." "Part I includes molecules which occur naturally and were originally used by doctors before becoming notorious as murder weapons. Part II deals with unnatural molecules, mainly man-made, and they too have been dangerously misused in famous crimes. The book ends with the most famous poisoning case in recent years, that of Alexander Litvinenko and his death from polonium chloride." "The first half of each chapter starts by looking at the target molecule itself, its discovery, its history, its chemistry, its use in medicine, its toxicology, and its effects on the human body. The second half then investigates a famous murder case and reveals the modus operandi of the poisoner and how some were caught, some are still at large, and some literally got away with murder." "Molecules of Murder will explain how forensic chemists have developed cunning ways to detect minute traces of dangerous substances, and explain why some of these poisons, which appear so life-threatening, are now being researched as possible life-savers."--Jacket
The consumer's good chemical guide : a jargon-free guide to the chemicals of everyday life by John Emsley( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and Korean and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains the science behind such topics as: sugar and artificial sweeteners; cholesterol, animal fats and fibre; painkillers; plastics and PVC; and dioxins and nitrates in the environment. This book won the general section of the Rhone-Poulenc Prize for Science in 1995
The chemistry of phosphorus : environmental, organic, inorganic, biochemical, and spectroscopic aspects by John Emsley( Book )

20 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 13th element : the sordid tale of murder, fire, and phosphorus by John Emsley( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was discovered by alchemists, prescribed by apothecaries, exploited by the industrialists of the nineteenth century, and abused by the combatants of the twentieth century. It can be found in many things that have improved our everyday life, from toothpaste to detergents to food additives. For more than 300 years, phosphorus--one of nature's deadliest creations--has continued to fascinate us with the many surprising roles it has played in human history. From murders-by-phosphorus where the bodies glowed green to the match-factory strike that helped end child labor in England, to the irony of the World War II firebombing of Hamburg, to even deadlier compounds derived from phosphorus today, this book weaves together a rich tableau of brilliant and oddball characters, social upheavals, and curious, bizarre, and horrific events that comprise the surprising 300-year history of nature's most nefarious element.--From publisher description
Better looking, better living, better loving : how chemistry can help you achieve life's goals by John Emsley( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Welcome to a tour of some of the recent advances in chemistry, taking in the cosmetic factory, the pharmacy, the grooming salon, the diet clinic, the power plant, the domestic cleaning company, and the art gallery along the way. Award-winning popular science writer John Emsley is our guide as he addresses questions of grooming, health, food, and sex. The trip is for all those of us wanting to know more about the impact of chemical products on our everyday lives. Each chapter begins with a fictional news item from the future speculating on the possible benefits that might develop from further approaches to research, and each chapter ends by addressing an issue of concern related to the topics discussed. These include whether homeopathic medicines really work, date rape drugs, how the toxic chemical acrylamide got into our food, and whether great artists were affected by the pigments they used. With his informal style, linking well-founded chemicals knowledge to fun situations, the author presents the information in a way such that the layperson can easily understand the arguments, weighing up the risks and benefits for each product concerned. Includes a glossary containing all the technical terms used for non-specialists. -- From publisher description
A healthy, wealthy, sustainable world by John Emsley( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explains the roles of chemistry in various areas of life ranging from the entirely personal to the worryingly global. These roles are currently not widely appreciated and certainly not well understood. The book is aimed at educated laypeople who want to know more about the world around them but have little chemical knowledge. The themes relate to the importance of chemistry in everyday life, the benefits they currently bring, and how their use can continue on a sustainable basis. Topics include: Health, conquering the diseases and stresses which still threaten us ; Food, the role of agrochemicals and food chemists ; Water, drinking water, the seas as a resource of raw materials ; Fuels, what are they and from what are they made? ; Plastics, what are they used for and can they be sustainable? ; Cities, what role has chemistry in modern life? ; Sport, chemistry has changed the game. The world stands at a crossroads. What route to the future should we take? The road to a sustainable city beckons, but what effect will this have on chemistry, which appears so dependent on fossil resources? Its products are part of everyday living, and without them we could regress to the world of earlier generations when lives were blighted by disease, famines, dirt, and pain. In fact the industries based on chemistry--the chemical, agrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries--could be sustainable and not only benefit those in the developed world but could be shared by everyone on this planet and for generations to come. It deals with the things we regard as essential to a developed lifestyle and which depend on chemistry, namely food, water, fuel, healing drugs and plastics, as well as other areas where its role is less obvious, such as city living and sport. This book shows how sustainability might be achieved
Nature's building blocks : everything you need to know about the elements by John Emsley( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is an accessible and entertaining A-Z guide to the building blocks of ourselves, the earth, and the Universe. It is fully revised and updated to include three new named and validated elements (darmstadtium, roetgenium, and copernicium) and a section on the elements cited regularly in the news, whether in the context of the environment, our diet, or the world around us. There are updates to economic importance and activity of various elements, e.g. Gold and Scandium and new uses are described, e.g. helium has new uses such as the helium ion microscope. Entries for the toxic elements; mercury, thallium, lead, arsenic, and antimony have been re-written and updated. All element entries brought up-to-date." -- From the Publisher
Complex chemistry by M. J Clarke( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and German and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shocking history of phosphorus : a biography of the devil's element by John Emsley( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and German and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Emsley's unusual study traces the history and development of the use of phosphorus, an autocombustive element that was discovered long before humans were responsible or capable of controlling its awesome power
The inorganic chemistry of the non-metals by John Emsley( Book )

7 editions published between 1971 and 1976 in English and Italian and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parfum, Portwein, PVC ... by John Emsley( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les substances chimiques utilisées par les industriels dans la fabrication des produits dont nous nous servons quotidiennement sont-elles dangereuses? Ce guide donne des informations parfois surprenantes, la plupart du temps rassurantes, pour que le lecteur puisse se faire sa propre opinion sur la nocivité réelle ou supposée des produits chimiques
Chemistry at home : exploring the ingredients in everyday products by John Emsley( Book )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book has 12 chapters, each devoted to the kinds of products we are likely to find around the home, including in the garage and the garden shed. Chemistry at Home also includes a glossary which gives more technical information about the molecules mentioned in the book"--Back cover
Sonne, Sex und Schokolade by John Emsley( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in German and English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Elemente by John Emsley( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in German and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In alphabetischer Reihenfolge der Elemente werden deren wichtigste chemische, physikalische, elektronische und Kerneigenschaften aufgezählt, ergänzt durch umweltbezogene und biologische Eigenschaften
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The elements of murder
Vanity, vitality, and virility : the science behind the products you love to buyThe elements of murderMolecules at an exhibition : portraits of intriguing materials in everyday lifeNature's building blocks : an A-Z guide to the elementsWas it something you ate? : food intolerance, what causes it and how to avoid itMolecules of murder : criminal molecules and classic casesThe consumer's good chemical guide : a jargon-free guide to the chemicals of everyday lifeThe 13th element : the sordid tale of murder, fire, and phosphorus
Alternative Names
Emsley, J.

Emsley, J. (John)

Emsley, John

Emsley, John 1938-

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John Emsley chimiste britannique

John Emsley scrittore britannico

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