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.
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?
This book appeared in the US with a crazy cover and a boastful name. This is the polite, understated, grey British edition.
Inspiring & Unique.
256 pages, ★★★★★
David McCandless is the unrivalled king of printed infographics. Here are a few of the 256 pages that he and his talented team created:
Some supplements are more effective than others. I love how green tea comes out on top here.
I love this comprehensive left/right government summary, too. This single chart could replace much of the political theory syllabus taught up until high school.
Simple & thought-provoking
Information Is Beautiful is a five-star design book with a purpose. It condenses reams of information into 256 pages of brightly-coloured, highly-accurate, informative beauty.
Information is Beautiful inspired me to make some infographics of my own.
Volvic and Brecon Carreg are the winners.
This one’s more informative than beautiful.
Five aspects determine the taste of water (
pH (plotted on x axis)
Nitrate content (all were acceptably low, so I omitted this data from the chart)
Total Dissolved Solids, TDS (gives water heaviness and a lingering aftertaste, plotted on y axis)
Hardness (the hardness equation yields results that correlate with TDS very strongly; I thus omitted hardness and plotted TDS)
Carbonation (degree of fizziness, i.e. the presence of bubbles. None of these waters are carbonated).