|Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin, A Chemist in His Laboratory, 1734|
It has been one hundred years since Marie Curie received her Nobel Prize in Chemistry (she, her husband Pierre and Antoine Becquerel also shared a Nobel in Physics awarded in 1903). In that time, our knowledge of Chemistry has advanced considerably and changed nearly every aspect of our lives. In recognition of the achievements of this branch of science, 2011 has been declared the International Year of Chemistry by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This is a great time to visit the library and brush up on your knowledge.
Back in the day, I was a Biochem major.... and I didn't even like Chemistry! I know more than I would like to admit about molecules, but I don't often enjoy reading about them. Listed below are a few exceptions. If you want to expand your knowledge, do a little research, or just understand how your toast browns, the following books are interesting reads.
Other books of interest (recommended by Booklist):