Explore the fundamentals of chemistry that exist in our houses.
- Book Intro
If you understand chemistry (theory), you can see chemistry (risk)!
Professor/walking chemistry encyclopedia Kim Min-Kyung’s story of chemistry
Issues and accidents caused by chemicals happen one after another in Korea, from humidifier sterilizers that led to heavy casualties, to pesticides found in eggs, and sanitary pads and mattresses containing carcinogens and radon… Terms such as “controversial,” “toxic chemicals,” and “detected” appear every day on internet portals and in newspapers, and parents struggle to choose the right products for their children. We live extremely close to chemicals throughout the day, from when we wake up in the morning to wash our faces and brush our teeth, until we go to bed at night. Chemicals are absolutely necessary in our lives, but how should we treat them if they can be a danger?
Chemist in My House is an essay-like book offering a friendly explanation about chemistry, which might ordinarily sound too complicated to understand. The book was inspired from the author’s lectures for humanities students, “Chemistry in Everyday Life”, at Hanyang University. She has become popular on social media as a “walking chemistry encyclopedia” and was selected by students as the “best teacher” every single year thanks to her outstanding teaching skills.
How should we approach people who don’t like or know well about chemistry and help them understand better? The answer is simple. We can explain the principles by using everyday chemicals as examples. All readers, including you, can live a safer life by becoming “the chemist in my house” through this book, while broadening your knowledge of chemistry, including neutralization reactions, osmosis, and global warming (climate change).
- About the Author
(Japanese) 化学者。漢陽大学工業化学科を卒業し、同大学で修士・博士学位を取得した。アメリカワシントン州立大学で博士後過程に進んだ。現在漢陽大学で化学を教えており、講義を始めて以来、毎年Best Teacherに選定された。2014年には漢陽大学著名講義教授賞を、2016年には‘生活の中の化学’講義が教育部KMOOC講義に選定された。
Author Kim Min-Kyung earned her B.A in Chemical Engineering from Hanyang University, where she also earned her M.A and Ph.D. Later, she moved on to Washington State University for a postdoctoral course in chemical/environmental engineering. She’s been teaching at Hanyang University since 2009 and has been selected as the “best teacher” by the students every single year. She received the Renowned Lecturer Award from Hanyang University in 2014, and her lecture “Chemistry in Everyday Life” was chosen as the Korea-Massive Open Online Course by the Ministry of Education.
From students to adults, this book is a perfect option for anyone afraid of chemistry. –Lee Yeongmu, Professor of Energy Engineering, Hanyang University / Hope readers have an opportunity to think about how chemistry is closely connected to our lives through this easy-to-understand book by Professor Kim Min-Kyung. – Gyeong Sangho, CEO of Hannong Chemicals
Recommended by librarians of the National Library of Korea in 2019
National Library of Korea, 2019, 100 Good Books for Holiday