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Primo Levi: Chemistry and the Holocaust

On the 31st of July 1919, the Italian Jewish chemist and writer Primo Levi was born in Turin, Italy. A survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, he emerged after the war as one of the most incisive and candid intellects among those writers who had experienced the Holocaust. 817 more words

History

Teaser Tuesday - 'The Periodic Table'

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. 399 more words

Books

Everything changes and the guilt of living

Today I received a beautiful message from Caroline, one of the ladies on the YBCN (Younger Breast Cancer Network) Facebook group. Last year Rosie had organised a YBCN get together in London. 685 more words

If This is a Man by Primo Levi | Quote

Fascism

“We cannot understand it, but we can and must understand from where it springs, and we must be on our guard. If understanding is impossible, knowing is imperative, because what happened could happen again. 40 more words

20th Century

Reasons I Love Chemistry

The first chemistry book I ever read, a library book about atoms back in grade 9, was enjoyable. But in adolescence almost everything else I read, except for Dickens’ … 1,047 more words

Basic Chemistry

Top Ten Tuesday: Translated into English

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the folks at The Broke And The Bookish.

Officially, this week’s TTT theme is all about characters and books that celebrate diversity. 755 more words

Top Ten Tuesday

Destroying identity

What is identity? It is what makes us, us. More important, it is our perception and sense of belonging to a specific group. There are many forms of identity, but I want to focus on a particular one. 543 more words

Culture