Summer 2009, Vol. 27, No. 2
Drugs, energy, and lots of hot air. Check out the 2,000-year history of aspirin. Find out about the difficulties facing alternative energy. And discover the joys of balloonomania as 18th-century aeronauts took to the skies in hot-air and hydrogen powered balloons.
Aspirin has had a long history as a pain reliever - 2,000 years of history. But only in the 1970s did scientists begin to uncover its chemical secrets.
Books to Note
Summer 2010 book topics include gender in science, the life of Alfred Bader, the people who made modern chemistry, and the problem of carbon dioxide.
Chemistry’s Outer Limits
Svante Arrhenius was one of the founders of modern physical chemistry. His later work cosmological work, especially on panspermia, pushed him beyond the scientific limits of many of his colleagues.
Community advisory panels link chemical facilities and neighboring communities. How well do they work?
Explore Michael Friedman's biodiesel curriculum at Wissahickon Charter School in Philadelphia.
The Integrated Circuit at Fifty
The integrated circuit emerged out of cold war concerns. Since then integrated chips have moved from ballistic missile systems into everyday life.