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
Mon, 07/02/2001 - 02:00

As a physical chemist, I was amazed when it was discovered that the diatomic free radical, nitric oxide (NO) was intimately involved in the transmission of neurological information in mammals. Now a group led by Barry Trimmer at Tufts University has demonstrated that it is the key that turns on bioluminescence in fireflies.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Sun, 07/01/2001 - 01:00

What do you think of when someone mentions DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichlorethane)? Chances are that your mind immediately goes to the damage the use of this chemical has done to bird populations, Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring", and the effort to ban or control its use.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Fri, 06/01/2001 - 01:00

"Brunelleschi's Dome" is an excellent example of technology in an historical context. The author, Ross King, focuses on one of the great achievements of medieval technology, the construction of the dome of the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, in Florence, Italy.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Wed, 05/02/2001 - 02:00

The word "Surviving" should probably be underlined in the title of this first-hand account by an American astro/cosmonaut of his experiences aboard Mir. There is precious little science in this book, but a great deal about living at the mercy of technology and Russian bureaucracy.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Tue, 05/01/2001 - 01:00

Try this! Take two identical cans of soda (or some other beverage). Roll then down a slight incline to confirm that they roll at about the same speed. What do you think will happen if you shake up one can and roll them again? Make a prediction. Then try it. Have your students do it. Develop hypotheses and test them. This is a terrific experiment that anyone can do.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Sun, 04/01/2001 - 00:00

I first read "One Two Three... Infinity" when I was twelve years old (it was the edition published in 1946!) and it had a strong influence in my decision to pursue science as a career.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Thu, 03/01/2001 - 00:00

It has been twenty years since Luis Alvarez suggested that the dinosaurs were extinguished by a meteor impact that killed much of the life on earth. His evidence was in a thin layer of iridium-rich soil that corresponded with the extinction, and the fact that iridium is much more abundant in some meteors than it is on earth.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Fri, 02/02/2001 - 01:00

Even readers who already know something about forensic science are likely to learn from "Hidden Evidence" about historic cases that have been solved by science. Unfortunately, there are so few details provided in the book that the most interesting questions often remain unanswered.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Thu, 02/01/2001 - 00:00

Master microscopist Walter McCrone describes his work in detecting forged paintings and authenticating lost works of master artists.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago
by Hal Harris
Tue, 01/02/2001 - 01:00

I find it surprising that this is the first book by Stephen Jay Gould to have been selected as a "Hal's Pick", since I own and have enjoyed reading many of them. I have had the pleasure of meeting and hearing Professor Gould speak several times and I wish I could write as well as he speaks extemporaneously.

Recent activity: 7 years 6 months ago