Summer Reading 2018

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  • Author: ChemViews Magazine
  • Published Date: 07 August 2018
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Summer is the perfect time to take a break from the lab and catch up on some leisure reading—or podcast listening. ChemViews Magazine has collected recommendations by editors for entertaining books and podcast episodes related to chemistry and other sciences.


You can add your own recommendations in the comments section below or send us an email to chemistryviews@wiley-vch.de.



Books
 

Seven Elements that Changed the World: An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery

Seven Elements that Changed the World: An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery
by John Browne

The book covers the stories of how iron, carbon, gold, silver, uranium, titanium, and silicon have changed human life.

(suggested by Sandra González-Gallardo, ChemCatChem)
 

Zero

Zero
by Marc Elsberg

The book is a thriller about the influence of technology and social media on society.

(suggested by Cordula Buse, Chemical Engineering & Technology)
 

Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements

Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements
by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

The book is a compilation of stories and anecdotes about the elements.

(suggested by Charlotte Gers-Panther, European Journal of Organic Chemistry)
 

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou

The book covers the rise and fall of the biotechnology startup Theranos. The startup was based on claims of a breakthrough in blood testing, but the enormous hype around the firm ended in fraud allegations and lawsuits.

(suggested by Eva E. Wille, Wiley-VCH)
 

The Chemist

The Chemist
by Stephenie Meyer

The book is a thriller about a scientist recruited by the U.S. government as a secret agent.

(suggested by Mario Müller, Angewandte Chemie International Edition)
 

Human Universe

Human Universe
by Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen

The book covers fundamental questions about humanity's place in the universe.

(suggested by Sandra González-Gallardo, ChemCatChem)
 

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages
by Thomas R. Holtz Jr. and Luis V. Rey

The book covers all aspects of dinosaur science and its language is aimed at young people and non-scientists.

(suggested by Greta Heydenrych, ChemPhysChem)
 




Podcasts
 

A science award that makes you laugh, then think

A Science Award that Makes You Laugh, then Think
by TED Talks

This episode explores strange research with Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel awards.

(suggested by Cordula Buse, ChemBioEng Reviews)
 

Antibodies Part 1: CRISPR

Antibodies Part 1: CRISPR
by Radiolab

This episode explains CRISPR, the revolutionary gene editing technique.

(suggested by Catharina Goedecke, ChemistryViews.org/ChemViews Magazine)
 

Fermi’s Paradox

Fermi’s Paradox
by This American Life

This episode covers the search for extraterrestrial life.

(suggested by Rachel Schmidt-Radde, ChemPlusChem)
 

maiLab

Nerd List (in German)
by maiLab

This German-language YouTube playlist features Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim, who explains scientific topics to a younger audience.

(suggested by Christian Remenyi, Nachrichten aus der Chemie)
 

This Is the Way Up

This Is the Way Up
by The Habitat

This episode introduces the true story of six NASA volunteers who lived in a secluded habitat simulating the conditions on Mars for a year.

(suggested by Catharina Goedecke, ChemistryViews.org/ChemViews Magazine)
 


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