Defying Stereotypes: Sir Humphry Davy

If a biographer of Humphry Davy wanted to reinforce the scientist-stereotype, he would emphasize how a young Davy was turned on to chemistry by reading Lavoisier's book and how he was discharged from an apothecary for causing explosive reactions. He would mention his bad habit of inhaling gases, which probably helped shorten his life to... Continue Reading →

Choices in the Aftermath of Society’s Commitments

I was struck by the following blog entry from an inorganic chemistry enthusiast: I couldn't help reading >another article on Fritz Haber today. Like every person, he had a personal life and he made choices. All I am interested in is his science, and I admire his science. It's a common attitude among students and professionals. Scientists' biographies... Continue Reading →

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