Children of the Sun

Protasov, detached and idealistic, wants only to immerse himself in chemical experiments to perfect mankind. He’s more or less oblivious to the voracious advances of the half-crazed widow Melaniya and his best friend’s unrelenting pursuit[…]

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Phallacy

A revered classical statue, for centuries thought to be a Roman original, is suddenly proved to be merely a 16th century cast. But is it worth less? And has it also become less beautiful?

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Insufficiency

Insufficiency represents an example of the field of beer and champagne bubbles, where to topics of academic tenure and fashion in chemistry are analyzed.

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The Alchemist

Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist concerns a wily servant, Face, who develops a scheme to make money, while his master is away in the countryside. He gives access to his master’s house to a charlatan named[…]

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Oxygen

On an evening in October 1774, Antoine Lavoisier, the architect of the chemical revolution, learned that the Unitarian English minister, Joseph Priestley, had made a new gas.

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Lenin’s Embalmers

After Vladimir Lenin’s death in 1924, Jewish scientists Boris Zbarsky and Vladimir Vorobiov are assigned to preserve his body for eternity, or die for failing to do so.

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Blinded By The Sun

Through the characters of three scientists, Blinded By The Sun explores how the pressure to succeed, and the need to create hype, can cause conflict within the modern scientific world.

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Photograph 51

A funny and moving portrait of the unrequited life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule.

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