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Meet the authors of the latest popular science books, and join Chemistry World for a review and discussion of the topics the book raises. Join in on twitter by using #bookclubCW

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Meet the authors of the latest popular science books, and join Chemistry World for a review and discussion of the topics the book raises. Join in on twitter by using #bookclubCW

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    This time we're reading Ingredients, a book that promises to make chemistry more fun than Hogwarts. First-time author George Zaidan investigates the stuff inside stuff and tries to answer the question of whether you should eat that cheeto or not. 

    • 17 min
    Say Why to Drugs

    Say Why to Drugs

    Why don't we think of coffee as a drug? Are you hooked on heroin the moment you take it...or is the answer more complicated? In Say Why to Drugs: Everything You Need to Know About the Drugs We Take and Why We Get High Suzi Gage looks at the misconceptions, theories and attitudes surrounding all kinds of drugs – and attempts to separate fact from fiction.

    • 16 min
    You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

    You Look Like a Thing and I Love You

    Will artificial intelligence take over the world? Just how clever are machines, really? Janelle Shane's new book, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, looks at all this and more. You may not look at your gadgets the same way again!

    • 18 min
    Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter’s Wolf: How the Elements Were Named

    Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter’s Wolf: How the Elements Were Named

    This month, we’re delving deep into chemistry’s history as we discuss Peter Wothers' book Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter’s Wolf: How the Elements Were Named. Some chemists may know Wothers’ writing in the form of chemistry textbooks, but this is his first popular science book. As Wothers unearths the stories behind the elements’ names, he also explores our understanding of the nature of matter itself.

    • 16 min
    Transcendence

    Transcendence

    In her new book Transcendence: How Humans Evolved Through Fire, Language, Beauty, and Time Gaia Vince assembles everything you need to know about the world and how human beings have come to rule over so many aspects of it.

    • 17 min
    Language Unlimited

    Language Unlimited

    This month, we’re delving into the science of language as we’re discussing linguist David Adger’s book Language Unlimited: The Science Behind Our Most Creative Power. Adger takes on one of the most debated questions in the linguistics community: Do humans come up with languages because they are very good at recognising patterns and remembering things? Or do human brains have a built-in ability for the types of languages we speak (or sign)?

    • 16 min

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