Picks

ChemEd X contributors and staff members are continually coming across items of interest that they feel others may wish to know about. Picks include, but need not be limited to, books, magazines, journals, articles, apps—most anything that has a link to it can qualify.

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by Hal Harris
Thu, 12/01/2005 - 00:00

If there is a subject more rife with bad science than that of human nutrition, I don't know what it would be. It seems that every year there is another fad diet, based on unproven theory and void of any semblance of scientific evidence.

Recent activity: 9 years 9 months ago
by Hal Harris
Tue, 11/01/2005 - 00:00

Choose ten exemplary chemistry experiments. The synthesis of nylon? Bakelite, the first man-made polymer? The structure of DNA? The fixing of nitrogen? The discovery of buckyballs? Sorry, but none of those made the list of veteran science writer Philip Ball. Mr. Ball was looking for something other than mere importance.

Recent activity: 9 years 9 months ago
by Hal Harris
Sat, 10/01/2005 - 01:00

My goal in Hal's Picks is to expand the chemistry curriculum, embracing science that is not usually included in chemistry courses. This month is an exception. The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry is about exactly the topics that traditionally appear in Introductory Chemistry courses.

Recent activity: 9 years 9 months ago
by Hal Harris
Thu, 09/01/2005 - 01:00

I seldom have chosen books as Hal's Picks that are not relatively recent (although there are precedents for this), but the current controversy over "Intelligent" Design brought vividly to mind the 1971 book, "Chance and Necessity" by Nobelist Jacques Monod.

Recent activity: 9 years 9 months ago
by Hal Harris
Mon, 08/01/2005 - 01:00

Gurstelle also wrote "Building Bots: Designing and Building Warrior Robots", but I haven't read that one. "Catapult" is definitely in the spirit of "build it yourself", that I like to encourage here and also in "The Cost-Effective Teacher" feature in the print Journal.

Recent activity: 9 years 4 hours ago
by Hal Harris
Sat, 07/02/2005 - 02:00

John and Mary Gribbin have written a book with a somewhat broader scope than Rigden's on the same topic. The first 138 pages of constitute a brief biography in three chapters: The First Twenty-Five Years, The Annus Mirabilis, and The Last Fifty Years.

Recent activity: 9 years 9 months ago
by Hal Harris
Fri, 07/01/2005 - 01:00

This year marks a century since Albert Einstein published five of the most influential papers in the history of science, all submitted between March and September of 1905.

Recent activity: 9 years 9 months ago
by Hal Harris
Wed, 06/01/2005 - 01:00

Joe Schwarcz has done it again. This host of a science call-in show in Montreal and Toronto has put together another collection of his commentaries on the science of everyday life. All four of his previous books have been "Hal's Picks", and you can find all of them in the Index. As usual, most of the science is chemistry.

Recent activity: 9 years 9 months ago
by Hal Harris
Mon, 05/02/2005 - 02:00

It was not that many years ago that one could reasonably defer judgement about global warming. But the evidence that our planet's climate is changing at a pace that can only presage disaster is becoming so compelling that only the US executive branch can't see it. Even the Bush administration now acknowledges that there may be a problem, but not one that would require significant action.

Recent activity: 2 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Sun, 05/01/2005 - 01:00

Back in the 1960's, I was captivated by "Percentage Baseball" by Earnshaw Cook. Now long out of print and a collector's item, this book was a forerunner of the "science" of SABRmetrics (after the Society for American Baseball Research) that refers to the scientific (statistical) evaluation of the game.

Recent activity: 9 years 9 months ago