Alfred P. Sloan grant in-hand, a scholar and artist have teamed up to explore the role that chemistry plays in the movies. The pair watched more than 300 movies, most made after 1970 and considered to portray good stories and significant doses of chemicals. The result is a new book, "ReAction! Chemistry in the Movies."
Though the goal was, as reported by Omaha.com, to “have a collection of movies that chemistry instructors could refer to, to illuminate some theme in the classroom,” the themes have everything to do with human -- not physical -- nature.
"It is about the dualities of Dr. Jekyll vs. inventor chemists, the invisible man vs. forensic chemists, chemical weapons vs. classroom chemistry, chemical companies that knowingly pollute the environment vs. altruistic research chemists trying to make the world a better place to live, and, finally, about people who choose to experiment with mind-altering drugs vs. the drug discovery process.
A good read for PR professionals in the chemicals sector seeking insight into how the public gets much of its information on the industry.