Science for the Summer 2019

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  • DOI: 10.1002/chemv.201900079
  • Author: ChemViews Magazine
  • Published Date: 01 August 2019
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
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Summer is the perfect time to take a break from the lab or office and have some fun with science-related books, podcasts, or videos. ChemViews Magazine has collected recommendations by editors.


You can add your own recommendations in the comments section below.





Books

Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy

Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy
by Serhii Plokhy

The book gives a blow-by-blow account of the events leading up to the Chernobyl disaster and its aftermath, while putting everything into the political and social context of the time.

(suggested by Greta Heydenrych, ChemPhysChem

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
by Rachel Ignotofsky

The book covers the contributions of 50 notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

(suggested by Matteo Cavalleri, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

Salt: A World History

Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky

The book covers the history of the only rock we eat.

(suggested by Xin Su, Angewandte Chemie

The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump

The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump
by Michiko Kakutani

The book explains how truth became an endangered species in modern America.

(suggested by Peter Gölitz, Editor Emeritus Angewandte Chemie

The Case Against Sugar

The Case Against Sugar
by Gary Taubes

The book explains Americans' history with sugar and provides information about sugar's health effects.

(suggested by Xin Su, Angewandte Chemie

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
by Andrea Wulf

The book reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary naturalist. The author has also written a comic book about Humboldt's travels.

(suggested by Mario Müller, Angewandte Chemie

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
by David Quammen

The book provides insight into the processes that lead to genetic diversity. It chronicles discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them.

(suggested by Greta Heydenrych, ChemSystemsChem



Books for the Younger Scientists

Little People, BIG DREAMS: Women in Science

Little People, BIG DREAMS: Women in Science
by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

This series of children's books introduces kids to the lives of incredible women who worked in the field of science, such as Marie Curie and Ada Lovelace.

(suggested by Matteo Cavalleri, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

 

Baby Loves Science

Baby Loves Science
by Ruth Spiro

This series of children's books covers scientific subjects such as gravity or thermodynamics with stories that one can actually read to a baby.

(suggested by Matteo Cavalleri, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

 

Baby University

Baby University
by Chris Ferrie

This series of children's books features colorful, simple introductions to scientific principles—aimed more at the parents.

(suggested by Matteo Cavalleri, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

 

Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody

Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody
by Chris Ferrie

This scientific parody of the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon is fun for all ages.

(suggested by Claire Cobley, ChemNanoMat

 




Podcasts
 

Science Rules!

Science Rules! with Bill Nye
by Stitcher

This podcast answers reader questions on science.

(suggested by Susanne Poth, ChemCatChem

 

Science Vs

Science Vs
by Gimlet

This podcast covers the science behind fads, trends, and news.

(suggested by Matteo Cavalleri, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

 

The Chernobyl Podcast

The Chernobyl Podcast
by HBO

This podcast discusses the stories behind the HBO/Sky miniseries on the nuclear disaster in the Chernobyl power plant in 1986.

(suggested by Catharina Goedecke, ChemistryViews.org

 

Chompers

Chompers
by Gimlet

This podcast has two-minute episodes designed to help kids (and adults) brush their teeth correctly and often covers scientific questions.

(suggested by Matteo Cavalleri, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry




Videos
 

 

Scientific Studies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
by Last Week Tonight

This video shows why science is often portrayed inaccurately by the media.

(suggested by Catharina Goedecke, ChemistryViews.org

 

 

D!NG
by Michael Stevens et al.

This YouTube channel features videos on scientific and mathematical topics.

(suggested by Susanne Poth, ChemCatChem

 

 

Quarks (in German)
by WDR

This YouTube channel explores a different science topic every week.

(suggested by Anne Nijs, European Journal of Organic Chemistry)
 

 

How Adam Savage built a real Iron Man suit that flies
by CNET

This video shows how Adam Savage (formerly part of MythBusters) teams up with engineers from Gravity Industries to build an actual flying Iron Man suit.

(suggested by Catharina Goedecke, ChemistryViews.org

 

 

Today I Found Out
by Simon Whistler

This YouTube channel explores a wide range of interesting topics, including science and history.

(suggested by Catharina Goedecke, ChemistryViews.org


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Eva Wille wrote:

Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything

Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything

Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything
by Robert M. Hazen

This book explores the story of carbon.

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

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