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Give your children a head-start in Physics with this set of three colourful Physics Alphabet Posters. Show them your love of Science and get them interested at a very young age.
They’re child-safe, laminated, and arrive flat with free shipping!
Click below to get your hands on a complete set. All major credit cards are accepted.
People have been asking me for the lesson plan that gave rise to the Banana Posters.
Here it is. Click the image to download it as a PDF.
It’s a great introduction to Organic Chemistry in the last year of high school or in the first year of university.
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Here’s something you should all have in your Chemistry classrooms.
This project was a mashup of two existing ones.
In 1969, Roy Alexander in the United States invented a helical periodic table with pop-out loops for the d-block and the f-block. It was by far the best way to visualise the periodic table at the time. His brilliant 1969 design patent is online here.
Then in 2010, Pekka Pyykkö in Finland created a periodic table that can accommodate elements up to Z=172, far beyond the range of elements that scientists can currently synthesise (currently Z=118 at best estimates). Pyykkö calculated the bizarre electron configurations of the g-block, and added these yet-to-be-discovered elements underneath the existing periodic table.
I blended these two ideas together and created a 3-dimensional periodic table with a g-block: Pyykkö’s elements in Alexander’s shape. The whole thing is about 30 cm high. I coloured all the elements by their electronegativities (where known).
Geography has globes, Biology has those limbless mannequins with their organs showing, and now Chemistry has this. It’s by far the most superior way to visualise the periodic table and electron configurations in 3D. It’s the only periodic table that puts all the elements in the right order without any gaps. It’s future-proof, fool-proof and waterproof.
Email me if you want to get your hands on one. Enjoy
A 3-dimensional periodic table with a g-block (front)
Posters are now available in three sizes:
Furthermore, I’ve re-formatted Table of Esters and their Smells, Table of Organic Compounds and their Smells, Meet the Terpenes and my first ever graphic, Tea Types, so that all the text is legible from several metres away. No more small print. Great for longer-range or classroom use. Here’s an example:
The whole set looks fantastic on high-quality A3 paper; so much better than on screen. Placed on a desk or a wall, they’re ready to make an impact. In print, they bring life and relevance to Chemistry, which is exactly what I intended when I created them.
They also seem to provoke quite a discussion.
I’ve managed to keep the print prices ridiculously cheap. All three sizes are printed on thick-but-sturdy 250 gsm matte paper, and I’ll sign them if you want me to. Cheap international shipping is still available—most orders ship for just $6—and turnaround times are fast.
Order A3, A4 or A5 prints using this form.
In other news:
- DESIGN YOUR OWN SHIRTS: T-Shirt Store has a new customise-your-own T-Shirt app from CorelDRAW. From today onwards, you can put any design onto any product for men, women, children, babies, or dogs. Click “Shop by Product” or “Shop by Design” to start creating!
- A COFFEE MUG has just entered the T-Shirt Store. Check it out. It’s on the front page.
- INTERNATIONAL: Designs are now available in 7 different languages: English, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch and Simplified Chinese. If you want these products in more languages, just drop me an email. We’ll see what we can do
This post is a shameless list of newspapers and famous blogs that published articles about the All-Natural Banana, which has now exceeded 2 million views on the internet.
It’s also spawned a successful clothing line and a poster print business. In other words, for what started as a simple teaching aid, “Ingredients” is getting pretty big.
Here’s the list:
I’m now sending multiple print shipments every day, most of them international.
It now exists in 7 languages. More on that soon.
It has over 120,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook (but I don’t use Facebook)
And it’s been shared widely across social media like Twitter. In other words, it’s gone viral.
Exciting changes to the T-Shirt Store will be announced tomorrow. James
It’s Australia Day and beetroot burgers are in ‘season’.
Chemically, beetroots are remarkably simple.
The colour in beetroots comes from just two E-numbers (which are each groups of about 10 compounds); and the flavour comes almost entirely from geosimin. So simple.
Happy Australia Day!
I went on a science podcast explaining why I made the Banana posters. The episode’s called “Bananas, Eggs and Blueberries”, and is presented by Chad Jones and Sam Matthews of The Collapsed Wavefunction.
It was an excellent conversation. Listen to it on iTunes here or online here.
Show Notes (all times are approximate):
- 1:30 – Where did the idea for these posters come from?
- 4:00 – Chemophobia and the posters. James says that relevance – not chemophobia – was the driving motivation for the posters.
- 8:00 – You can now get T-Shirts with the ingredients.
- 9:00 – How did James determine what chemicals are really in these foods?
- 10:30 – Why isn’t potassium listed in the ingredients for a banana? Aren’t bananas full of potassium
- 11:30 – “E-numbers”: What are they and what is the fear about?
- 15:00 – As a high school teacher, what opinion does James have about the state of science education?
- 17:00 – What else can we do to make chemistry relevant? A KickStarter perhaps?
- 21:00 – The Fortnightly Scientist: Luca Turin (TED talk)
- 28:00 – Table of Esters and their Smells
- 31:30 – Why James made all these posters
- 35:45 – How can I do what James does?
Welcome Kiwi to the all-natural gang.
Merchandise is in the T-Shirt Store.
Also, some exciting changes are coming to the T-Shirt Store very soon.
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I’m obsessed with print. I love typefaces, I care about using the right quality paper and inks, and I’m fussy about alignment, kerning and line spacing. And that’s why I decided to sell “Ingredients” poster prints.
I’ve got one of each of these prints, and—Wow!—they look so much more gorgeous in real life than on-screen.
Ordering prints is a less formal affair than the T-Shirt Store—just cover my costs via PayPal and I’ll get the prints on the way to your address within 24 hours. Click the Order Prints tab in the website’s ribbon to get your hands on some of these “Ingredients” prints.
Oh—and they’re cheap. Just $10 each and worldwide shipping is available
Order one to help spread the word. I’ll even sign them if you like ;) James
Welcome Passionfruit to the all-natural gang.
His merchandise is already in the T-Shirt Store.
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