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Chemistry World Book Club

Chemistry World

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Chemistry World Book Club

Chemistry World Book Club

Chemistry World

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Meet the authors of the latest popular science books, and join Chemistry World for a review and discussion of the topics the book raises. Join in on twitter by using #bookclubCW

Latest Episodes

United We Are Unstoppable: 60 Inspiring Young People Saving Our World

In this episode we’rereadingUnited We Are Unstoppable: 60 Inspiring Young People Saving Our World,a book of short stories, told by the people who are fighting for their homes and their futures in the face of climate change. Find out what we thought about the book, whether you should read it, and hear from editor Akshat Rathiabout what it was like to work with and learn from young climate activists.

17 min3 w ago
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United We Are Unstoppable: 60 Inspiring Young People Saving Our World

Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium

This month we’re readingHalf Lives: The Unlikely History of Radiumby historian Lucy Jane Santos. The book traces the story of a radioactive element, from its ascendance as a cure-all ingredient in the late 19th century to the gradual downfall and eventual discredit of the entire radium industry. Find out what we thought about the book, and hear from Santos herself as she talks about digging into forgotten history and taking a bath at a modern radioactive spa.

18 minAUG 6
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Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium

Three books on pandemics

In this episode we’re tackling the coronavirus information overload by comparing three books on pandemics past and present:Outbreaks and Epidemicsby Meera Senthilingam, Adam Kucharski’sThe Rules of Contagion,andThe Pandemic Centuryby Mark Honigsbaum. Find out what we thought about each of these titles, what readers might get out of them, and hear fromOutbreaks and Epidemicsauthor Meera Senthilingham about what it was like to write about pandemics while being in the middle of one.

20 minJUL 8
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Three books on pandemics

The Alchemy of Us

From photographic film to scientific glassware, Ainissa Ramirez’s new bookThe Alchemy of Usoffers a unique insight into our relationship with technology.Find out what we thought about the book, and hear from Ramirez herself as she talks about digging into archives around the world to uncover forgotten characters and intriguing stories.

14 minJUN 3
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The Alchemy of Us

Smoke & Mirrors

This month, wetake a peek behind the curtain with Gemma Milne’sSmoke & Mirrors.In her first book, the technology journalist looks at headline-grabbing science present and past – from cancer treatments to fusion energy and quantum computers. Will the book deliver on its promise to be a guide on how to recognise hype and how to cut through it? Find out what we thought about the book, and hear from Milne herself as she talks about the human experience of hype – and how it can be used as a tool for good as well as bad.

16 minMAY 6
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Smoke & Mirrors

Ingredients

This time we're reading Ingredients, abook that promises to make chemistry more fun than Hogwarts. First-time authorGeorge Zaidan investigates the stuff inside stuff and tries to answer the question of whether you should eat that cheeto or not.

17 minMAR 31
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Ingredients

Say Why to Drugs: Everything You Need to Know About the Drugs We Take and Why We Get High

Why don't we think of coffee as a drug? Are you hooked on heroin the moment you take it...or is the answer more complicated? In Say Why to Drugs: Everything You Need to Know About the Drugs We Take and Why We Get HighSuzi Gage looks at the misconceptions, theories and attitudes surrounding all kinds of drugs – and attempts to separate fact from fiction.

16 minFEB 18
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Say Why to Drugs: Everything You Need to Know About the Drugs We Take and Why We Get High

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

Will artificial intelligence take over the world? Just how clever are machines, really? Janelle Shane's new book, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, looks at all this and more. You may not look at your gadgets the same way again!

18 minJAN 28
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You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter’s Wolf: How the Elements Were Named

This month, we’re delving deep into chemistry’s history as we discuss Peter Wothers' book Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter’s Wolf: How the Elements Were Named. Some chemists may know Wothers’ writing in the form of chemistry textbooks, but this is his first popular science book. As Wothers unearths the stories behind the elements’ names, he also explores our understanding of the nature of matter itself.

16 min2019 DEC 20
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Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter’s Wolf: How the Elements Were Named

Transcendence

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17 min2019 DEC 11
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Transcendence

Latest Episodes

United We Are Unstoppable: 60 Inspiring Young People Saving Our World

In this episode we’rereadingUnited We Are Unstoppable: 60 Inspiring Young People Saving Our World,a book of short stories, told by the people who are fighting for their homes and their futures in the face of climate change. Find out what we thought about the book, whether you should read it, and hear from editor Akshat Rathiabout what it was like to work with and learn from young climate activists.

17 min3 w ago
Comments
United We Are Unstoppable: 60 Inspiring Young People Saving Our World

Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium

This month we’re readingHalf Lives: The Unlikely History of Radiumby historian Lucy Jane Santos. The book traces the story of a radioactive element, from its ascendance as a cure-all ingredient in the late 19th century to the gradual downfall and eventual discredit of the entire radium industry. Find out what we thought about the book, and hear from Santos herself as she talks about digging into forgotten history and taking a bath at a modern radioactive spa.

18 minAUG 6
Comments
Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium

Three books on pandemics

In this episode we’re tackling the coronavirus information overload by comparing three books on pandemics past and present:Outbreaks and Epidemicsby Meera Senthilingam, Adam Kucharski’sThe Rules of Contagion,andThe Pandemic Centuryby Mark Honigsbaum. Find out what we thought about each of these titles, what readers might get out of them, and hear fromOutbreaks and Epidemicsauthor Meera Senthilingham about what it was like to write about pandemics while being in the middle of one.

20 minJUL 8
Comments
Three books on pandemics

The Alchemy of Us

From photographic film to scientific glassware, Ainissa Ramirez’s new bookThe Alchemy of Usoffers a unique insight into our relationship with technology.Find out what we thought about the book, and hear from Ramirez herself as she talks about digging into archives around the world to uncover forgotten characters and intriguing stories.

14 minJUN 3
Comments
The Alchemy of Us

Smoke & Mirrors

This month, wetake a peek behind the curtain with Gemma Milne’sSmoke & Mirrors.In her first book, the technology journalist looks at headline-grabbing science present and past – from cancer treatments to fusion energy and quantum computers. Will the book deliver on its promise to be a guide on how to recognise hype and how to cut through it? Find out what we thought about the book, and hear from Milne herself as she talks about the human experience of hype – and how it can be used as a tool for good as well as bad.

16 minMAY 6
Comments
Smoke & Mirrors

Ingredients

This time we're reading Ingredients, abook that promises to make chemistry more fun than Hogwarts. First-time authorGeorge Zaidan investigates the stuff inside stuff and tries to answer the question of whether you should eat that cheeto or not.

17 minMAR 31
Comments
Ingredients

Say Why to Drugs: Everything You Need to Know About the Drugs We Take and Why We Get High

Why don't we think of coffee as a drug? Are you hooked on heroin the moment you take it...or is the answer more complicated? In Say Why to Drugs: Everything You Need to Know About the Drugs We Take and Why We Get HighSuzi Gage looks at the misconceptions, theories and attitudes surrounding all kinds of drugs – and attempts to separate fact from fiction.

16 minFEB 18
Comments
Say Why to Drugs: Everything You Need to Know About the Drugs We Take and Why We Get High

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

Will artificial intelligence take over the world? Just how clever are machines, really? Janelle Shane's new book, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, looks at all this and more. You may not look at your gadgets the same way again!

18 minJAN 28
Comments
You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter’s Wolf: How the Elements Were Named

This month, we’re delving deep into chemistry’s history as we discuss Peter Wothers' book Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter’s Wolf: How the Elements Were Named. Some chemists may know Wothers’ writing in the form of chemistry textbooks, but this is his first popular science book. As Wothers unearths the stories behind the elements’ names, he also explores our understanding of the nature of matter itself.

16 min2019 DEC 20
Comments
Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter’s Wolf: How the Elements Were Named

Transcendence

In her new book Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time Gaia Vince assembles everything you need to know about the world and how human beings have come to rule over so many aspects of it.

17 min2019 DEC 11
Comments
Transcendence
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