This book discusses the vital role of chemistry in everyday life. It encourages readers to understand how the knowledge of chemistry is important for the development of society and a better future. The text is organized into three parts. Part 1 covers the historical aspects of chemistry and discusses how countless discoveries since the beginning of life on earth have benefited human beings. Part 2 focuses on modern life and describes chemistry’s contribution to the developments in the fields of food and agriculture, energy, transportation, medicine, and communications. Part 3 emphasizes the role of chemists and educators in making the layperson aware of the benefits of chemistry without having them to go through its complexities. Written in an easy-to-understand manner and supplemented by ample number of figures and tables, the book will cater to a broad readership ranging from general readers to experts.
Table of Contents
Chemistry in the Universe, in our Body and in our Life
Sunney I. Chan and Andrew P. Yeh
What Role Chemistry Played in Human History
Mary Virginia Orna
How Chemistry Has Changed the World
Erica Godor and Dorottya Godor
Yung Ha Kim
Food: Supply and Health
Problems and Solution: Activities of Chemists and Educators for the Public
What Chemistry Can Provide for The Future
Choon Ho Do
Chemistry in Africa – Progress and Application
Choon H. Do is director of the Korean Chemical Industry Specialists Association and actively promotes the public understanding of chemistry. He has led a short course series and given lectures on petrochemicals. Until 2011, he was professor of polymer chemistry at Sunchon National University, South Korea. Dr. Do served as president of the Korean Chemical Society in 2010 and as a member of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education from 2000 to 2013. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. His research interests include the synthesis and characterization of polymers, chemical education, chemical terminologies, and archaeological chemistry.
Attila Pavlath is a senior emeritus scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He received his education in Budapest, Hungary. After his stint as an assistant professor at the Technical University of Budapest, he left Hungary in 1956 and joined McGill University, Canada, as a research fellow. In 1958, he joined Stauffer Chemical Company, California, to lead a research group on agriculture-related problems. In 1967, he joined the USDA, where he headed several research projects at the Western Regional Research Center, Albany, California, and is still involved in research. Dr. Pavlath has published more than 130 research papers, has authored 10 books and numerous chapters, and holds 25 patents. In 1997 he received the Pioneer of the Year award from the American Institute of Chemists. In 1999 he was elected president of the American Chemical Society, and in 2004 he was elected to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
This is a multi-authored book edited by Choon Ho Do and Attila E. Pavlath, who have served as presidents of their respective national chemical societies and been active in promoting public interest in chemistry and chemical education. It addresses specific areas of chemical impact in agriculture, nutrition, energy, medicine, transportation, and communication in addition to discussing the role of chemistry in life processes and daily life. For professional chemists the book will be a relatively easy read and a reminder of the chemical aspects of many everyday activities. Teachers and students can appreciate the broad scope of chemistry presented in the book.