Chemistry – a brand problem but all the beauty in the world

A blue plaque celebrating the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning chemist Sir William Ramsay was unveiled in London’s Notting Hill on Wednesday, as part of a series of events marking the International Year of Chemistry, I heard on Radio 4′s Today programme as I drove to work in the morning.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams, writer of “Periodic Tales – The Curious Lives of the Elements,” said:

“Chemistry has a brand problem. It’s sort of trapped between physics, that’s glamorous and, you know, cosmology and subatomic particles and mystery, and biology which is us and our bodies. And both of these things either fascinate us or matter. And chemistry’s sort of the stuff under the kitchen sink. But the elements are all around us, and they produce all the beauty in the world, as well as all the nasty smells.”

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