Chemical processes have all the time been a part of life. They enable our bodies to function and are the basis of countless substances and processes we take without any consideration. This intriguing book explores the world’s natural chemistry – how we remember and exploit it.
From the first use of fire, people have practiced chemistry to provide foods and drinks, tan leather, make dyes for clothes and cosmetics, work metals, and produce glass and pottery. Nowadays, chemicals lend a hand to purify our water, support agriculture, and manufacture drugs, synthetic fabrics, and plastics. Our growing knowledge of the Earth’s elements, the properties of atoms and DNA, and how substances interact has resulted in many new technologies, products, and scientific advances.
With stunning demonstrations of key experiments and ideas, Chemistry is a fresh and exciting introduction to the discoveries that have shaped and revolutionized our lifestyle.