Episode 60: Professional Networks

This week’s image is from CHF’s own Flickr site.

This week’s image is from CHF’s own Flickr site.

Today Distillations is finding out more about professional networks—particularly in the field of chemistry. First we learn about chemistry sets, like the one shown on the left, and the types of chemicals that were once included in these sets. Many chemists today claim that their interest in science was piqued by the chemistry set they played with as a child. Next we look at imaging software and how it has changed the way chemists share information—making it much easier. Finally, we talk to Michael Gordin, a history of science professor at Princeton University. Gordin explains how professional scientific communities are formed. Chemical Agent: Sodium Cyanide.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:12 Chemical Agent: Sodium Cyanide
03:21 Tools of the Trade: Imaging Software
06:13 A conversation with Michael Gordin
10:58 Closing Credits

Resources and References

Check out a slideshow of chemistry sets from CHF’s very own collection.
To learn more about Michael Gordin’s work, take a look at his book A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table.


Special thanks to Jennifer Dionisio, Hilary Domush, and Eleanor Goldberg for researching and writing this episode.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music is: ”The Landing,” by Fang Island; “First Snow,” by Jack Erdie; and “Village Song by David Popper,” by Cello Journey.

This week’s image is from CHF’s own Flickr site.

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