Science Education

Michael Faraday’s lectures at London’s Royal Institution in the early 19th century were so popular that the carriages dropping people off to see him used to choke Albemarle Street in Mayfair – as a result, the street was designated the first one-way road in London. Faraday was a master communicator who thrilled audiences with the latest discoveries in chemistry and electricity. He was as much a brilliant … Continue reading Science Education

Personalized Energy

The Nocera lab at the chemistry department at MIT studies the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry. On advice he received from Kurt Vonnegut: “He told me, ‘stop worrying about the planet dying. When you have a big organism and you become irritating to it, the immunological system just kicks in and kills the invading organism’. And he assured me that we have just … Continue reading Personalized Energy

Chemistry in Poetry

 Source: Mala Radhakrishnan, assistant professor at Wellesley College, has written a book on poetry chemistry, called “Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances.” Her aim is to use poetry, but also easy-to-understand analogies to teach about thermodynamics, kinetics and molecular reactions. Source I used to sleep ‘ til my electrons would drool At P-32 element-ary school. The things we were taught were just totally boring. A mole of us atoms would … Continue reading Chemistry in Poetry

Elements: The beauty of chemistry

The exhibition, launching in the International Year of Chemistry, is curated by David Grayson, Daniel O’Donovan, Hugh Aldersey-Williams and Michael John Gorman, and is a partnership between Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin and the BergamoScienza festival, with the assistance of researcher Brigid Lanigan and advisor Silvia Giordani. Source: Science Gallery, Dublin Continue reading Elements: The beauty of chemistry