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, 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: 7 years 6 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: 6 years 8 months 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: 7 years 6 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: 7 years 6 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: 7 years 6 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: 3 months 1 week 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: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Fri, 04/01/2005 - 00:00

Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel" is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read in the last few years. It is an examination of the factors that have led societies to flourish and to gain ascendency over one another.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Tue, 03/01/2005 - 00:00

Several of Michael Shermer's writings have been Hal's Picks in the past. Back in October of 1997, I recommended his "Why People Believe Weird Things", Chapter Ten of which was "Confronting Creationists - Twenty Five Creationist Arguments, Twenty Five Evolutionist Answers".

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Tue, 02/01/2005 - 00:00

We teachers of science tend to assume that our students are largely rational - that they can be brought to understanding through a gradual accumulation of experiences that lead to conclusions about how the world works, and that nature can be led to disclose herself through a logical process.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago