LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 300 – Curiosity, Science & Fireworks

LIBRARY Readers ALERT: The Final edition of a Semi-monthly Service for Students

This is the final edition of the LIBRARY Readers ALERT. We hope that over the years, the items we featured here stimulated your interest, wonder, and curiosity. We’ll end on a note of celebration, with fireworks.


1. Whitesides, George M. “Curiosity and science,”
Angewandte Chemie International Edition (January 23, 2018)

In this 4-page article, Whitesides, a professor of chemistry at Harvard University, reflects on curiosity, what it is, and how curiosity and “curiosity-driven research” are habits of mind that contribute to new ideas, and nourish creativity in science and elsewhere.

Angewandte Chemie International Edition is available electronically at

2. Amon, Angelika. “The Case for more curiosity-driven basic research,”
Molecular Biology of the Cell (November 2015)

In this short essay, Professor Amon describes importance of “curiosity-driven” basic research in advancing human knowledge and also personal satisfaction: “While conducting research to improve the lives of others is certainly a worthy motivation, it is not the main reason why I get up very early every morning to go to the lab…”

Molecular Biology of the Cell is available electronically at


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The Chemistry of pyrotechnics: basic principles and theory / John A. Conkling and Christopher J. Mocella.

Curious about how fireworks (pyrotechnics) work, and the latest developments? Going beyond “how to”, this book goes from basic chemical concepts to advanced pyrotechnic principles, and recent advances, like “green” pyrotechnics.



I didn’t know that: Fireworks

This 3-min video explains what’s inside large commercial fireworks (like those displayed at Victoria Harbor on major holidays) and how they are tested.

Thanks & Goodbye

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