Summer 2014, Vol. 32, No. 2
Welcome to an investigative issue of Chemical Heritage! Find out how science journalism became so politicized and why people are talking about cloning the extinct mammoth. Dive into some old crime novels, and discover how fiction shaped public perceptions of forensic science. Learn what atoms have to do with peace, and discover the pleasures and pains of a new food fashion. As always, we offer treasures from CHF’s collections, book and museum reviews, and more. Enjoy!
A World without Darwin
Would we understand our world differently if Charles Darwin had never written On the Origin of Species?
Apart from being one of the latest fashions in food, what exactly is sous vide?
Down, but Not Out
Why have diagnoses of depression reached near epidemic proportions in our time?
King in the Hall
A long dead king lurks in a CHF hallway. What can he tell us about science?
Poisoners have long made use of the periodic table of elements for their dirty work—think arsenic and mercury—but modern technology offers a new elemental option: a disappearing poison.
More than 350 years ago the very first air pump changed how science was done.
Remember Los Alamos
The Bradbury Science Museum tells the story of the making of the atom bomb in the place where the bomb was born.
How did the launch of Sputnik I in 1957 change the lives of two Americans?
Suited for Space
Now until November 14, CHF hosts Suited for Space, an exhibition of the materials that have made human space exploration possible.
The Sounds of Science
What does science sound like? Read NPR journalist Joe Palca’s take on talking about science.
True Science, Fake History
Scientists are known to be dedicated to accuracy. But sometimes, as in the case of Francesco Redi, a sense of humor can lead one astray.