Picks

"The Unpersuadables" by Will Storr

The Unpersuadables, by Will Storr

Journalist Will Storr provides sixteen vignettes about people who hold decidedly minority views about scientific and historical topics. Rather than just saying, "This is what these people believe, and here is why they are wrong", Storr allows each of them to tell their own story, and lets their words speak largely for themselves.

"The Big Sleep" by Ian Parker

Insomnia drugs like Ambien are notorious for their side effects. Has Merck created a blockbuster replacement?

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh

Simon Singh uses mathematical tidbits planted by the nerds and geeks who write The Simpsons to lead the reader on an excursion through some amazing mathematics. The book will appeal to the kind of person who might read JCE, and others with some mathematical background and interest.

MOSART Tests

The MOSART tests are designed to measure understanding of science concepts. The name, MOSART, stands for:

Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-based Assessment Resources for Teachers

 

Elemental Videos

The Periodic Table of Videos has been around for a while, but they are actively updating videos and creating new ones.  The videos were created by Brady Haran at the University of Nottingham.  They are short and very informative.  I like to use them during lessons when my classes are discussing specific elements.  For instance, some of us like to demonstrate adding lithium and/or sodium to wate

Can You Spot the Real Outlier? by Eileen Pollack

At the Solvay Conference on Physics in 1927, the attendees included Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Niels Bohr - and just one woman (Marie Curie). Almost 90 years later, why does science remain so much of an old boys' club?

ChemMatters

ChemMatters is an educational magazine containing articles on topics for high school chemistry students. The articles explain the connection between what chemistry students learn in school and the world around them.