I’m about halfway through with A Short History of Nearly Everything, which is a bummer, because it’s a library book that’s due today. It is a fascinating look at the history of science, and it’s full of interesting things, like this: The same guy who invented Tetraethyl Lead as an anti-knock gasoline additive, also invented Freon. So two of the worst things ever to affect the atmosphere, lead and CFCs, are both the work of one man, Thomas Midgley, Jr.
Another interesting one? Madame Curie’s personal effects were exposed to so much radioactive material, that people put on
leather lead lined gloves and aprons just to look at her cookbooks!