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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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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Reno

Air Born

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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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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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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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Learn

Learn

Instruments

Research
Waters: Glaciers and Bucks by Diane Burko.

Art

Research
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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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Medusa Nebula

Elements of Invention

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Roald Hoffmann, after receiving the 2006 AIC Gold Medal.

Roald Hoffmann

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Rare Books

Collections
New York

Let There Be Light

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A photographic print toned with uranium, made around 1900.

New Transmutations

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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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Stephanie Kwolek at a polarizing microscope.

Stephanie L. Kwolek

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Portrait of Edward G. Acheson, early 20th century. Williams Haynes Portrait Collection, the Institute Collections.

Edward Goodrich Acheson

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Gordon Moore at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in 2005.

Gordon E. Moore

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Louis Pasteur in his laboratory, holding a jar containing the spinal cord of a rabbit infected with rabies, which he used to develop a vaccine against the disease.

Louis Pasteur

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Amedeo Avogadro. Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.

Amedeo Avogadro

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Emil Fischer.

Emil Fischer

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Percy Julian.

Percy Lavon Julian

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The Shannon Portrait of the Hon. Robert Boyle F. R. S., by Johann Kerseboom, 1689. Science History Institute/Will Brown

Robert Boyle

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Hermann Staudinger.

Hermann Staudinger

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Paul Ehrlich.

Paul Ehrlich

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Gilbert Newton Lewis.

Gilbert Newton Lewis

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George Washington Carver, Tuskegee Institute, 1906.

George Washington Carver

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Portrait of Berzelius. Edgar Fahs Smith Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.

Jöns Jakob Berzelius

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Ernest Rutherford in academic garb.

Ernest Rutherford

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Gerhard Domagk.

Gerhard Domagk

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Robert S. Langer.

Robert S. Langer

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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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