Molecules: a book review


Molecules 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.

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Molecules by Theodore Gray: 4 stars


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More African animals

Here are some more pictures of my recent trip to South Africa (click to zoom):


Giraffe (photo: Anthony Dekker)


Impala (photo: Anthony Dekker)


Pin-tailed whydah (photo: Anthony Dekker)


Wildebeest – also known as gnu (photo: Anthony Dekker)


Little egret (photo: Anthony Dekker)


Warthog with babies (photo: Anthony Dekker)


African animals

Here are some pictures of my recent trip to South Africa (click to zoom):


Burchell’s zebra (photo: Anthony Dekker)


Lion (photo: Anthony Dekker)


White rhinoceros (photo: Anthony Dekker)


Southern masked weaver (photo: Anthony Dekker)


African elephant (photo: Anthony Dekker)


Goliath heron – world’s largest heron (photo: Anthony Dekker)


Visiting Vanuatu again

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.