by Theodore Gray
I recently purchased Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything by Theodore Gray of periodictable.com (this is the sequel to his superb The Elements, which I have previously reviewed). The book is packed with interesting facts about chemistry as it relates to daily life, and the photographs are absolutely beautiful, as this two-page spread shows:
The structure of the book is necessarily a little ad-hoc, lacking the obvious pattern of The Elements. However, it is still well-organised, informative, and compelling. Everyone interested in science should probably have this one on the coffee table too.
I would give this book five stars, except that nothing could be quite as good as The Elements. I should also note that Theodore Gray’s Reactions is coming out soon. I expect that to be worthwhile as well.
by Theodore Gray: 4 stars
Because it’s midsummer here in the Southern Hemisphere…
Snowflake (photo: Alexey Kljatov)
From my recent South African trip, here is the Witpoortjie Waterfall at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg.
Here are some pictures of my recent trip to South Africa (click to zoom):
Lion (photo: Anthony Dekker)
I recently took a flight from Australia to South Africa. Here is the Antarctic pack ice as seen from the air.
I recently made another trip to the island nation of Vanuatu, which means blog-writing has been a bit thin. Above is one of the country’s many beautiful tropical beaches. I think you can see why I haven’t been writing much!
I was in Vanuatu for the 14 November supermoon, which was the closest approach of the moon to Earth since 1948 and until 2034. Below is a rather bad photo of the event, taken with my mobile phone.
Let me also give a shout-out to the friendly staff of Air Vanuatu, who did a great job in their shiny new Boeing 737-800.