Chemistry Day (and shouldn’t it be everyday?)

I’m honored to be part of Chemistry Day, at the terrific science blogging network at the Scientific American.

Blog super editor Bora Zivkovic decided to dedicate today to my favorite field of science.  Not because of me (although, yes, totally, it should be about me).  Or possibly, Chemistry Day – as Bora suggests- should be to honor the International Year of Chemistry and the ongoing World Chemistry Congress in San Juan, Puerto Ric0.

My own post is about carbon dioxide, as a murder weapon in small (long shoremen) and large scale (planetary) experiments. But my purpose here is to celebrate the incredible range of smart writing about chemistry across the network. From Jennifer’s Oullette’s Teetering on the Edge of Chaos to Matt Hartings’ Cooking up Some Chemistry Inside a Cell to Carmen Drahl’s What’s in a Name? For Chemists, Their Field’s Soul to David Kroll’s Drugs From the Crucible of Nature to…well, you get the idea.

To paraphrase an old DuPont saying (and, I think, improve it) – it’s better reading through chemistry.

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3 Responses to Chemistry Day (and shouldn’t it be everyday?)

  1. Marlene Zuk says:

    Really? Chemistry is your favorite science? Are you sure it isn’t just that for a while, after you finish writing a book, *that* one is your favorite, on your favorite topic? I mean, chemistry is ok, but what about animals, and the brain, and all the other BIOLOGY you write about? :-)

  2. Deborah Blum says:

    I just finished a magazine piece about semiochemistry – chemistry, biology, behavior, they’re all part of the same fascinating story, don’t you think? It’s mostly the puzzle that interests me, trying to fit the pieces together. It’s one of the best things about being a science journalist is that you have that freedom to change focus, to try a different angle, to understand another approach. But the other thing for me is that all of my different focuses – animal behavior, gender biology, behavioral biology, Harry Harlow, even, – speak to my real interest in the way science and society intersect. So blogging about chemistry and culture – yes, one of my favorite things!

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