Scientific Discovery

The Parasites in Our Past

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Woman irritated by smog in LA in the 1950s

Fighting Smog in Los Angeles

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A Study In Scarlet

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Photo of automaton hand drawing a picture on paper

Serious Fun

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Second Chances

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Laser inventor Gordon Gould playing chess 1940

The Man, the Myth, the Laser

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Fizzy Water

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The Art of Memory

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An 1822 star map by Alexander Jamieson shows the constellation Telescopium Herschelii, depicted here, ironically, as a refracting telescope.

A Giant of Astronomy

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Concrete Solutions

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Data from Disaster

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Reno

Air Born

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A group of Amish people standing in a field

High-Tech and Amish

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The Age of Scurvy

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Fist and flask graphic

Political Science

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Men wearing gas masks

A Tear Gas Tale

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AIDS

Going Viral

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A Forgotten Star

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Nitrous oxide party

High Times

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Illustration of a Pasteur-Chamberland filter

The Filter of Life

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Coloring Chemistry

Learn

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Instruments

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Waters: Glaciers and Bucks by Diane Burko.

Art

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Tho-Radia ad

The Secrets of Life

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Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (NASA)

Waning Interest

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P.S. Krøyer's The Iron Foundry, Burmeister and Wain

Future Calculations

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Vaccinating for polio in South Sudan, 2014.

Political Ills

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Roald Hoffmann

Roald Hoffmann

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Rare Books

Collections
A photographic print toned with uranium, made around 1900.

New Transmutations

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New York

Let There Be Light

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Lavoisier. Engraved by François Séraphin Delpech, after a drawing by Belliart, after the painting by Jacques Louis David.

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier

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Hermann Staudinger.

Hermann Staudinger

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Linus Pauling during an oral history interview conducted by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, now the Science History Institute, in 1987.

Linus Carl Pauling

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Paul Ehrlich.

Paul Ehrlich

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Susan Solomon in her NOAA office in Boulder, Colorado, next to a globe showing Antarctica.

Susan Solomon

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Alfred Nobel.

Alfred Nobel

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An 1830 engraving of Sir Humphry Davy, by G. R. Newton, after a painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830).

Humphry Davy

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John Dalton, F.R.S., engraved by William Henry Worthington after an 1814 painting by William Allen, published June 25, 1823, in Manchester and London. Note the charts with Dalton’s atomic symbols lying on the table.

John Dalton

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Percy Julian.

Percy Lavon Julian

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Emil Fischer.

Emil Fischer

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Portrait of Leo Hendrik Baekeland, early 20th century. Photograph by Underwood & Underwood Studios, New York, NY. Williams Haynes Portrait Collection, the Institute Collections.

Leo Hendrik Baekeland

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George Rosenkranz

George Rosenkranz

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Marie Curie.

Marie Sklodowska Curie

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Stephanie Kwolek at a polarizing microscope.

Stephanie L. Kwolek

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Carl Djerassi.

Carl Djerassi

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