Another Radio 4 documentary – Whatever Happened to the Chemistry Set?

Chemistry sets

Old chemistry sets at the Whipple Museum for the History of Science in Cambridge

Yet another thing keeping me busy has been making my second BBC Radio 4 documentary, following last year’s Fighting the Power of Pink.

This time producer Julian Mayers and I set out to answer the question “Whatever happened to the chemistry set?”

The programme is going out on BBC Radio 4 at 9pm tonight (Wednesday 1st August) and will be on iPlayer for a week after that. I’ve also written a short piece about it for the Guardian’s Science Blog, and there’s a nice article in the BBC Magazine.

Perhaps most excitingly of all, it was featured in the Radio Times! (I’ll scan in the paper copy when I get home…)

Have a listen, let me know what you think:


Huge thanks to Julian Mayers at Testbed Productions for actually doing the hard work, while I just chatted to people and played with the chemicals 🙂

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