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From atoms and fluorescent pigments to sulfa drug synthesis and buckyballs, this lush and authoritative chronology offers 250 milestones on the earth of chemistry. because the "central technology" that bridges biology and physics, chemistry performs a major position in numerous scientific and technological advances. masking unique tales and unforeseen purposes, chemist and journalist Derek B. Lowe lines the main important—and surprising—chemical discoveries.

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