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Posts tagged with "Chemistry"

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


    A geologist offers a melodic meditation on one of Earth’s most abundant elements

    Although organic chemistry is often described as the science of carbon, Robert Hazen’s latest book, Symphony in C, makes clear that this vital element cannot be contained by such a disciplinary boundary. Despite its abundance and importance, the location and cycling of carbon on Earth are not yet well understood. Ever-increasing atmospheric concentrations of its… Read More
  • The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
    Deborah Blum

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    The Poison Squad

    In 1844, when Harvey Washington Wiley was born, the federal agency at which he would eventually become chief chemist had not even been created. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was founded in 1862. Yet Wiley is still the hero of Deborah Blum’s riveting, stomach-turning new book, The Poison Squad. Whereas today as many as 15 federal… Read More