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Introduction ; 1. Dr. Jekyll's Mysterious Transformative Formula ; 2. Invisibility Steals the Seen: Chemistry Creates Criminal Opportunities ; 3. Isomorphs of Paranoia: Chemical Arsenals ; 4. Bad Company: The Business of Toxicity ; 5. A Master/Slave Narrative: Drug Addiction and Psychoactives ; 6. Inventors and their Often Wacky Chemical Inventions ; 7. Hard Science = Hard Evidence: Forensic Chemistry and Chemical Detectives ; 8. Chem 101: Learning by Doing ; 9. Good News: Research & Medicinal Chemists Making a Difference ; 10. First, Do No Harm (but Before that Self-Experiment ; Conclusion: Chemistry in the Movies ; Appendix 1 ; Appendix 2 ; References ; Index

About the Author

Mark Griep is a chemistry professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who is searching for new antibiotics and who recently received a College Distinguished Teaching Award. Marjorie Mikasen is a Geometric painter, who recently received an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council. Her work is in public and private collections. The authors are married and were awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant in the area of Public Understanding of Science to do the research for this book.

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"A must-have book for chemistry enthusiasts, educators, or anyone who wants to take a deeper look at how science is portrayed through [movies]. The book also provides a wonderful historial perspective of the development of both the movies and the chemistry and chemists portrayed in them. Once you pick up Reaction! you will be motivated to venture to your local theater, or if you prefer, your own laboratory, pull out the popcorn popper, fire up the entertainment system and do some experimenting at the movies."--Chemical Education Today"A long-overdue salute to films that have used chemistry as more than a mere plot device."--Chemical Heritage Newsmagazine"No school teacher should be without the capabilities of bringing "Hollywood" into the classroom especially where the chemistry context motivates, consolidates and educates students of all ages. Mark Griep and Marjorie Mikasen's book is likely to act as a catalyst to do that."-- Education in Chemistry"Fascinating and engrossing. The book leaves the reader with plenty of ideas for films to see and some excellent stories about chemists and chemistry. But more than that it presents a fascinating view of chemistry, the movies and chemistry in the movies, which gives the reader plenty of food for thought next time a bit of chemistry appears on the silver screen; and this is perhaps far more than one might expect from a book about chemistry in the movies."--Nature Chemistry"Griep and Mikasen show that popular films can be chemically interesting as well as entertaining. The book really comes alive when it takes even the unlikeliest chemistry in a film seriously. The first and possibly best example of this is where the authors discuss a candidate for the compound that turns Dr Jekyll into Mr Hyde, based on contemporary evidence about Robert Louis Stevenson, but there's more of this all of the way through, further examples including Flubber, Moonraker, and an Elvis Presley vehicle, called Clambake"--Chemistry World"Taking as its working metaphor the duality of the Jekyll and Hyde persona, the authors explore the two movie faces of this supposedly neutral science. Well written and researched."--EntrepreneurShort Q&A article in JournalStar.comArticle in Omaha.com"The book is a fine historical survey of the movie industry's use of chemistry and chemists... There is real chemistry in every chapter...The authors designed this book to be a resouce for high school and college chemistry teachers... But the book is also just plain fun, and a worthwhile read for anyone interested in movies, how chemists are perceived by the general public, or the broader area of science and society." -- Ben B. Chastain, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Samford University, Bulletin for the History of Chemistry "A must-have book for chemistry enthusiasts, educators, or anyone who wants to take a deeper look at how science is portrayed through [movies]. The book also provides a wonderful historial perspective of the development of both the movies and the chemistry and chemists portrayed in them. Once you pick up Reaction! you will be motivated to venture to your local theater, or if you prefer, your own laboratory, pull out the popcorn popper, fire up the entertainment system and do some experimenting at the movies."--Chemical Education Today"A long-overdue salute to films that have used chemistry as more than a mere plot device."--Chemical Heritage Newsmagazine"No school teacher should be without the capabilities of bringing "Hollywood" into the classroom especially where the chemistry context motivates, consolidates and educates students of all ages. Mark Griep and Marjorie Mikasen's book is likely to act as a catalyst to do that."-- Education in Chemistry"Fascinating and engrossing. The book leaves the reader with plenty of ideas for films to see and some excellent stories about chemists and chemistry. But more than that it presents a fascinating view of chemistry, the movies and chemistry in the movies, which gives the reader plenty of food for thought next time a bit of chemistry appears on the silver screen; and this is perhaps far more than one might expect from a book about chemistry in the movies."--Nature Chemistry"Griep and Mikasen show that popular films can be chemically interesting as well as entertaining. The book really comes alive when it takes even the unlikeliest chemistry in a film seriously. The first and possibly best example of this is where the authors discuss a candidate for the compound that turns Dr Jekyll into Mr Hyde, based on contemporary evidence about Robert Louis Stevenson, but there's more of this all of the way through, further examples including Flubber, Moonraker, and an Elvis Presley vehicle, called Clambake"--Chemistry World"Taking as its working metaphor the duality of the Jekyll and Hyde persona, the authors explore the two movie faces of this supposedly neutral science. Well written and researched."--EntrepreneurShort Q&A article in JournalStar.comArticle in Omaha.com"The book is a fine historical survey of the movie industry's use of chemistry and chemists... There is real chemistry in every chapter...The authors designed this book to be a resouce for high school and college chemistry teachers... But the book is also just plain fun, and a worthwhile read for anyone interested in movies, how chemists are perceived by the general public, or the broader area of science and society." -- Ben B. Chastain, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Samford University, Bulletin for the History of Chemistry

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