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December 26, 2012, 8:14 pm

Chemicals are us!

Life without chemicals would be... no life at all! Dr. Peter Wothers explains how "chemicals" have got themselves a bad name recently, but all our food and drink is made of chemicals and even the cells of our bodies too, so chemicals can't be "bad"!

What was discovered?

Dr Peter Wothers would say that the way that we all interact with the world is all about Chemistry... if you want to learn more, listen to him talk in the Royal Institution's Faraday Lectures this Christmas.

How?

Everything we know about how the world works through chemistry has been learned by doing experiments.  You've never done experiments?  Actually, you'd be surprised that you have actually done many experiments in your life... but perhaps you didn't think of them as chemistry.  Anyone for a nice cup of tea?  That's chemistry too!  Let Dr. Wothers explain...

Why is it important?

Seeing the world through the eyes of science explains and enriches the understanding of how things work.  Testing our ideas (sometimes called "hypotheses" in science) by collecting data from experiments increases our knowledge and can lead to new discoveries and innovations.

At the heart of this scientific inquiry is asking good questions... you can also ask good scientific questions and if you are under 18 you can enter the Molecular Frontiers Inquiry Prize 2013!

 

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