Molecules of Murder Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases Molecules of Murder tells how forensic chemists have developed cunning ways to detect minute traces of dangerous substances and explains why some of these poisons which appear so life threatening a

  • Title: Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases
  • Author: John Emsley
  • ISBN: 9780854049653
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • Molecules of Murder tells how forensic chemists have developed cunning ways to detect minute traces of dangerous substances, and explains why some of these poisons, which appear so life threatening, are now being researched as possible life savers.

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    1. Very clear writing in this one and everything ancillary is pushed to the glossary, but the bolded terms don't occur as frequently in this book compared to the rest of his work. Written for the layperson, each section describes a substance, its effects, and then relates a few forensic cases to illustrate its use. This is the last Emsley book I'll read, so I'll miss his Britishness and excellent descriptions.

    2. I am chemist by trade and when I saw this book pop up on Vine I thought I would get it and give it a read. It is a fascinating book. Anyone interested in chemistry, forensics, or even poisons would find this book fascinating; you don't need a technical background.This book covers 5 poisons found in nature and 5 man-made poisons. Each chapter is very nicely structured and goes through how the poison was discovered, how the poison affects the human body, what remedies there are, and then goes thr [...]

    3. This book has 10 chapters, each one of which describes a naturally-occurring or man-made poison, its chemical structure, its beneficial uses, its mechanism of toxicity, and a famous murder case or two where that poison served as the murder weapon.The author, a chemist and well-known science writer in Great Britain, does an excellent job of describing the chemistry of the poisons for the general public. There were only a few points at which I thought he may have reached beyond a high-school chemi [...]

    4. This non-fiction book covers ten different types of poison, five natural and five man-made. Both historic and modern crimes are detailed, plus the author goes into scientific detail about the compostion, origin, and some history of these toxic substances. Also discussed, are their medical uses, symptoms of poisoning from each, and some very interesting side details.The poisons included are ricin, hyoscine, atropine, diamorphine, adrenaline, chloroform, carbon monoxide, cyanide, paraquat, and pol [...]

    5. This book, while fascinating and extremely well written, took me a lot longer to read than fiction books tend to do. This is probably be due to my thoroughly unsciencey mind and, although very interested in the topic, my impatience with anything non-fiction. The stories, however, were very well told and I was fascinated with the methods of the poisoners, although I did have my doubts about the guilt of one or two of the examples given.

    6. If you have any interest in poisons and how they work chemically and biologically, this book will entrance you. Each chapter informs the reader about one common poison. The author adds narrative accounts of famous poisonings to illustrate his chemical and biological explanations of the poisons and how they work in our bodies.

    7. Another good read by John Emsley. He makes the chemistry of these murderous molecules accessible and at the same time tells a good story on the history of the molecule and famous murder cases it played a role in. The only criticism I have is that he picked so few molecules.

    8. Kind of slow moving. This is the second time I have picked up this book to read it, and this time I made it through. The content itself is fascinating, but the text can be dry and academic, making it a slower read than it need be.

    9. Pretty good in terms of keeping things interesting without getting too technical, but still definitely a book about serious chemistry.

    10. John Emsley hits it right on the spot . Simply couldn't put it down . 3 hrs of pure spine-tingling adrenaline. You'll know what I mean when you read past chapter 6 . :D

    11. Like "Elements of Murder" but about molecules. Also, written in a slightly more academic and less colorful style than the other.

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