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
Tue, 04/30/2013 - 21:09

Peter Hoffman is a physicist and materials scientist, and he brings those perspectives and sensibilities to the description of how life converts chemical energy into order and motion.  The "Ratchet" in the title is Feynman's Ratchet, a gedanken experiment described in Feynman's "Lectures on Physics" and reminiscent of Maxwell's Demon.

Recent activity: 3 years 8 months ago
by Doug Ragan
Tue, 04/16/2013 - 12:10

Gas Laws HD Lite is a free iOS app that allows students to discover the relationship of Boyle’s Law and Charles Law.

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by Doug Ragan
Fri, 04/12/2013 - 17:05

iGasLaw is a free iOS app that provides useful tools for studying properties of gases and gas laws.

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Recent activity: 3 years 2 months ago
by Hal Harris
Mon, 01/28/2013 - 17:26

Samuel Arbesman, a mathematician and network scientist, uses the idea a half-life as an analogy for the changes in human knowledge that science brings. He discusses both the changing rate at which new science is done and the speed at which old results are replaced by newer ones. The analogy is far from perfect, but it emphasizes some critically important aspects of the processes of science.

Recent activity: 3 years 11 months ago
by Hal Harris
Tue, 11/20/2012 - 15:02

The respected education reformer Diane Ravitch, previously one of the major architects and proponents of No Child Left Behind, has not only taken a new tack, but reversed course. With her 2011 book, she became a leading voice critical of the Obama-Duncan version, Race to the Top. This essay by David Denby describes her evolution.

Recent activity: 4 years 3 days ago
by Hal Harris
Mon, 11/05/2012 - 11:19

New York Times blogger Nate Silver demonstrates how probability and statistical thinking can be used to analyze practical problems in our society. A lively, practical, and informative book!

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Recent activity: 4 years 2 months ago
by Hal Harris
Fri, 10/19/2012 - 14:53

This is a lively collection of essays about some of the great (mostly English, but not entirely so) chemists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It brings to life many great names of our science.

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by Jon Holmes
Tue, 10/09/2012 - 12:53

Alexandra W. Logue, executive vice chancellor and provost of the City University of New York, reminds us that the ideas and tools we are finally getting around to using have been around for a while.

Recent activity: 4 years 3 months ago
by Hal Harris
Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:19

Professor Joe Schwarcz of McGill University is Canada's foremost public spokesperson for science. His columns in the Montreal Gazette and in Canadian Chemical News and his radio program on CJAD in Montreal reach thousands of readers and listeners, and have provided grist for his many popular books about science and especially chemistry.

Recent activity: 4 years 3 months ago
by Hal Harris
Thu, 10/04/2012 - 14:52

In an attempt to get at least a little discussion of science policy into the Obama-McCain campaign of 2008, Richard Muller wrote "Physics for Future Presidents" and offered a popular course at UC Berkeley with the same title. While nearly all of the issues he raised were ignored by the campaigns and during the subsequent four years, he has returned with a book focused just on energy science and related issues.

Recent activity: 4 years 3 months ago