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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

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 MIN3 d ago
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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

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
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Transcendence

Language Unlimited

This month, we’re delving into the science of language as we’re discussing linguist David Adger’s bookLanguage Unlimited:The Science Behind Our Most Creative Power. Adger takes on one of the most debated questions in the linguistics community: Do humans come up with languages because they are very good at recognising patterns and remembering things? Or dohuman brains have a built-in ability for the types of languages we speak (or sign)?

16 MIN2019 NOV 13
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Language Unlimited

How to: absurd scientific advice for common real world problems

Have you ever considered the practicalities of building a swimming pool out of cheese?Or wondered what it would take to surround your house with a lava moat? Even if you have never thought about these outlandish questions, Randall Munroe has the answers in his new bookHow to:Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems.

18 MIN2019 OCT 23
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How to: absurd scientific advice for common real world problems

Latest Episodes

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 MIN3 d ago
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

Language Unlimited

This month, we’re delving into the science of language as we’re discussing linguist David Adger’s bookLanguage Unlimited:The Science Behind Our Most Creative Power. Adger takes on one of the most debated questions in the linguistics community: Do humans come up with languages because they are very good at recognising patterns and remembering things? Or dohuman brains have a built-in ability for the types of languages we speak (or sign)?

16 MIN2019 NOV 13
Comments
Language Unlimited

How to: absurd scientific advice for common real world problems

Have you ever considered the practicalities of building a swimming pool out of cheese?Or wondered what it would take to surround your house with a lava moat? Even if you have never thought about these outlandish questions, Randall Munroe has the answers in his new bookHow to:Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems.

18 MIN2019 OCT 23
Comments
How to: absurd scientific advice for common real world problems
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