Themes Common to Chemistry, Biology and Society

It does not often occur to us that there are four common themes shared by chemistry, biology and human societies: unity, continuity, diversity and interaction. Unity There is unity in chemistry because all matter consists of atoms subject to nature’s four forces. With the intake of the appropriate energy, the electrons of any substance, and... Continue Reading →

From Star Trek to Diamonds: Carbon Chemistry

The first time I encountered the word “meme” was in a Richard Dawkins book prior to the age of the internet. “Meme” meant an original idea that outlived an individual--- like a gene. Now it’s come to signify a graphic, often propagandistic in nature, spread on cell phones and often without reflection. Having said that,... Continue Reading →

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