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Building a Healthier Britain - 02 Fluoride

Radio 4 ,
Adding fluoride to the water supply has always been a polarised debate. Some think it will prevent tooth decay while others say its safety has not been proven. Its not a new argument, 50 years of fluoridation studies are available but recently public health officials of both Scotland and England have revisited the issue. The difference is that Scotland has decided against increasing the amount of fluoride in the water, while in England the Strategic Health Authorities can, after consultation, request that Water Companies add fluoride to an agreed level. Richard Hannaford asks whether science can ever solve this controversy.

The Lopsided Universe - Life Through the Looking Glass

Frank Close ,
There's an ass in mythology that stood equidistant between two bunches of carrots. One on its left, the other on its right side. The ass, unable to choose between left and right, starved to death. Luckily for us, life made a decision and didn't perish like Buridan's ass. The molecules that make living things are all handed. What's more they all have the same handedness - but why? Frank Close finds out how a French chemist found the clue to this conundrum at the bottom of a glass of wine a hundred and fifty years ago.

TV Documentaries

Absolute Zero - The Conquest of Cold

BBC 4 ,
Absolute Zero is the ultimate limit of cold – a Holy Grail as exciting for scientists as the North and South Poles were to the great polar explorers. The Conquest of Cold is an epic journey from dark beginnings to an ultra-cool frontier.



Atom II - The Key to the Cosmos

Jim Al-Khalili ,
This episode tackles world-changing discoveries such as radioactivity, the Atom Bomb and the Big Bang, and tries to answer the biggest questions of all - why are we here and how were we made?


Beautiful Minds - Tim Hunt

BBC ,
The final part of this series looking at three brilliant contemporary scientists features Sir Tim Hunt, awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the mechanism of how cells divide - a discovery fundamental to the life and growth of every single creature on the planet, as well as a vital clue into the mystery of cancer.


Chemistry: A Volatile History : The Order of the Elements

BBC ,
In part two, Professor Al-Khalili looks at the 19th century chemists who struggled to impose an order on the apparently random world of the elements. From working out how many there were to discovering their unique relationships with each other, the early scientists' bid to decode the hidden order of the elements was driven by false starts and bitter disputes. But ultimately the quest would lead to one of chemistry's most beautiful intellectual creations - the periodic table.

Chemistry: A Volatile History : The Power of the Elements

BBC ,
In the final part, Professor Al-Khalili uncovers tales of success and heartache in the story of chemists' battle to control and combine the elements, and build our modern world. He reveals the dramatic breakthroughs which harnessed their might to release almost unimaginable power, and he journeys to the centre of modern day alchemy, where scientists are attempting to command the extreme forces of nature and create brand new elements.


Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2012 - The Modern Alchemist: 02 - Water: The Fountain of Youth

BBC ,
In the second of this year's Christmas Lectures, Dr Peter Wothers drinks from the fountain and finds out whether the elements lurking in the water can restore his youth. Along the way he discovers how exploding balloons could solve the energy crisis, how water contains the remains of the most violent reactions on Earth and that the real secret to eternal youth might be drinking no water at all.


The Cell - Episode 02: The Chemistry of Life

BBC ,
In a three-part series, Dr Adam Rutherford tells the extraordinary story of the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the cell and of life itself. Every living thing is made of cells, microscopic building blocks of almost unimaginable power and complexity. This episode explores how scientists delved ever deeper into the world of the cell, seeking to reveal the magic ingredient that can spark a bundle of chemicals into life. Their discoveries have brought us to the brink of being able to create life for ourselves.

The Secret Life of Chaos

Nic Stacey ,
Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand.

The Secret Life of Ice

BBC 4 ,
Science writer Dr Gabrielle Walker has been obsessed with ice ever since she first set foot on Arctic sea ice. In this programme she searches out some of the secrets hidden deep within the ice crystal to try to discover how something so ephemeral has the

The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion - Episode 02: What is the World Made of?

BBC 2 ,
Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's historical path. In this episode, Michael demonstrates how our society is built on our search to find the answer to what makes up everything in the material world. This is a story that moves from the secret labs of the alchemists and their search for gold to the creation of the world's first synthetic dye - mauve - and onto the invention of the transistor. This quest may seem abstract and highly theoretical. Yet it has delivered the greatest impact on humanity. By trying to answer this question, scientists have created theories from elements to atoms, and the strange concepts of quantum physics that underpin our modern, technological world.

The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion - Episode 04: Can We Have Unlimited Power?

BBC 2 ,
Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's historical path. We are the most power-hungry generation that has ever lived. This film tells the story of how that power has been harnessed - from wind, steam and from inside the atom. In the early years the drive for new sources of power was led by practical men who wanted to make money. Their inventions and ideas created fortunes and changed the course of history, but it took centuries for science to catch up, to explain what power is, rather than simply what it does. This search revealed fundamental laws of nature which apply across the universe, including the most famous equation in all of science, e=mc2.

UPCSE

A Dictionary of Physics

Daintith, J. , Oxford University Press
This essential reference work is the most popular paperback dictionary of physics available. It contains over 3,500 clear and concise entries, covering all commonly encountered physics terms and concepts, including terms relating to astronomy and astrophysics, and terms relating to physical chemistry.

Atkins' Molecules

Peter Atkins , Cambridge University Press
This book gives a non-technical account of an incredible range of aspects of the world around us, with an insight into how this amazing world can be understood in terms of the atoms and molecules from which it is built

Calculations for A-Level Chemistry (4th Ed.)

Ramsden, E. N. , Nelson Thornes Ltd
This work includes a comprehensive mathematics foundation section. Work on formulae and equations, the mole, volumetric analysis and other key areas are included. It can be used as a course book as well as for exam practice.

Chemical Principles - The Quest for Insight

Peter Atkins & Loretta Jones , W. H. Freeman and Company
This book begins with basic chemical principles such as the behaviour of atoms and molecules, and gradually increases in difficulty such that advanced calculus and complex molar equations are tackled towards the end of the book

Chemistry GCSE Key Stage 4 ( 2nd edition )

Mark McElroy & John Sadler , Longman Group UK Ltd
This book is a revision guide for GSCE / Key Stage 4 Chemistry, including revision of the laboratory techniques necessary for the practical exam.

Chemistry in Context - Applying Chemistry to Society

Lucy Eubanks & Catherine Middlecamp , McGraw Hill Companies, Inc
This book aims at establishing chemical principles within a contextual framework of significant social, political, economic, and ethical issues

Chemistry in Context - Laboratory Manual ( 5th edition )

Graham Hill & John Holman , Nelson Thornes Ltd
This book has been updated to match the requirements of the AS and A-level Chemistry specifications. It offers tried and tested practicals with detailed instructions for open-ended investigations

Chemistry in Context Fifth Edition

Graham Hill, John Holman and Graham C Hill , Nelson Thornes
Chemistry in Context has been completely revised and rewritten to give you a complete, full colour A Level Chemistry course. The excellent presentation and direct language ensures all students will find the text readable and the subject accessible. www.chemistry-in-context.co.uk

Chemistry: An Introduction to Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Catherine Housecroft & Edwin Constable , Prentice Hall International
This book provides a comprehensive course text for undergraduates taking introductory Chemistry courses, covering organic, inorganic and physical chemistry components

Complete A-Z Chemistry Handbook

Andrew Hunt , Hodder Arnold H&S
This title provides a guide to all the key terms within chemistry. It begins with one-sentence definitions and is followed by explanations and examples. It is intended for A level Chemistry students and GNVQ courses with Chemistry included.

Contemporary Chemistry for Schools and Colleges

Vanessa Kind , Royal Society of Chemistry
This book is intended for those studying GCSE Chemistry, but is also useful for students of Biology and Physics, as the book focuses on the chemical principles central to many areas in molecular physics and molecular biology