Popular Science Columnist's New Book to Teach Kids Chemistry

Just like I, you often would have asked yourself why a brinjal and sometimes smells similar to a fish on our palate. And why some foods when cooked release an aroma very similar to some other food or non-food. The answer to this is molecules -- The building blocks, which link themselves in different ways to create multitude of matter. Many a times repeating a same structure in various combinations. And this is why many foods sometimes smell and taste so similar.

A New Book Explores these Building Blocks of Everything From Poison to Soap to Marijuana. The book is by former Popular Science Columnist Theodore Gray.

The book  Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything contains compounds that are not much talked about Or compounds which are often viewed as having no similarity. The basic thought behind writing a book on compounds often not much talked about is the author's belief that the best way to protect people from these dangers is through education.

Molecules is the second in a three book series about chemistry. The earlier one was the , Elements.

In The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, the table of contents mirrored the periodic table. According to the author there was no methodical, objective way to cover the millions of molecules that exist in nature, hence he created a book where everything interesting about elements is presented.

The very disarrayed presentation of Element inspired the new book, molecules, where the author can write about even more interesting information, after all molecules are aggregates, and hence more more capable of excite and fascinate children and adults, equally. The book thus contains trivias such as : What  is the similarity between pepper and poison. It looks into everywhere from artificial sweeteners to opioid drugs.

Who is Theodore Gray?

Gray has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He left his PhD midway in the 1980s by an offer to co-found the computational software company Wolfram Research (the company behind the knowledge engine, Wolfram Alpha).

Between building that company and his career as an author, he won an Ig Nobel Prize for his hand made Periodic Table. For several years wrote a column for Popular Science.

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