© 1987

Mega Molecules

Tales of Adhesives, Bread, Diamonds, Eggs, Fibers, Foams, Gelatin, Leather, Meat, Plastics, Resists, Rubber, ... and Cabbages and Kings


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 1-5
  3. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 6-13
  4. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 14-25
  5. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 26-39
  6. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 40-58
  7. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 59-68
  8. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 69-81
  9. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 82-101
  10. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 102-118
  11. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 119-126
  12. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 139-154
  13. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 155-172
  14. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 173-183
  15. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 184-184
  16. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 185-185
  17. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 186-186
  18. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 187-187
  19. Hans-Georg Elias
    Pages 188-188

About this book


All life is based on big molecules, scientifically called "mac­ romolecules". Humans, animals, and plants cease to exist without these structural, reserve, and transport molecules. No life can be propagated without macromolecular DNA and RNA. Without macromolecules, we would only dine on water, sugars, fats, vitamins and salts but had to relinquish meat, eggs, cereals, vegetables, and fruits. We would not live in houses since wood and many stones consist of macromole­ cules. Without macromolecules, no clothes since all fibers are made from macromolecules. No present-day car could run: All tires are based on macromolecules. Without macromole­ cules no photographic films, no electronics ... If macromolecules are so important then why is commonly so little known about their roles and why are they so little mentioned in school, if at all? As often in human history, tra­ dition is important and science makes no exception. Chemis­ try was established as the chemistry of low molecular weight compounds since these were most easy to investigate, charac­ terize, and convert. A beautiful tower of thought was erected by the chemical sciences long before the idea of giant mole­ cules, macromolecules, took hold. There was no space for newcomers in this tower. Even today one can learn about chemistry without hearing a word about macromolecules.


DNA RNA carbon chemistry macromolecule natural product plastics polymerization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.MidlandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mega Molecules
  • Book Subtitle Tales of Adhesives, Bread, Diamonds, Eggs, Fibers, Foams, Gelatin, Leather, Meat, Plastics, Resists, Rubber, ... and Cabbages and Kings
  • Authors Hans-Georg Elias
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-17541-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-71900-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 202
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Inorganic Chemistry
    Polymer Sciences
    Biochemistry, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site