Giant Molecules: From Nylon to Nanotubes
by Walter Gratzer (9780199550029)

Giant Molecules: From Nylon to Nanotubes
Walter Gratzer
Release Date: 10 December 1010
Format: Hardback
Pages: 254
Category: Chemistry
ISBN: 9780199550029
ISBN-10: 0199550026

Macromolecules are, in a sense, life itself. DNA is one of these giant molecules, as are the proteins that govern the workings of the human body. Yet macromolecules also comprise some of the most artificial constructs, including plastics, polymers, and nanodevices limited only by the scientific imagination. In this splendid book, Walter Gratzer explores the history, structure, and properties of the many-varied macromolecules. Despite their centrality to life, they were long believed to be impossible. Gratzer tells the story of their discovery, explaining the chemistry behind these extraordinary structures in easily accessible terms. He describes how scientists have learned to manipulate them, from designer proteins to thermoplastics, from cosmetics to smart polymers. Now this remarkable field is a meeting ground of the natural and artificial, as seen in biomimetics, gene-splicing, and plans for DNA-based computers. With up-to-the-minute expertise and clear, lively language, Gratzer takes readers to the cutting edge of applied science, where imminent developments promise to revolutionize our lives.

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