Boston Blog

Which historical figure would you most like to have dinner with – and why?

This is one of the questions being asked of leading chemists on the Sceptical Chymist, one of NPG’s blogs, focused on chemistry.

They’ve interviewed 9 people so far (including 1 from MIT) in a series they’re calling Reactions. A fun read, lends some insight into the life and minds of these chemists. Another question was: If exiled on a desert island, what one book and one CD would you take with you?

I’m still trying to think of what book or CD I would take. How about you?


  1. Report this comment

    M. William Lensch said:

    Ah, a good question. I do not know which book or CD I would take, but it does remind me of why I first fell in love with my wife. When we were still new in one another’s life, I asked her the book question and after thinking for a moment she replied, “A blank one”. I thought that it was simply the best response that I had ever heard.

    I’ll take a stab at the CD: Eliades Ochoa, Sublime Illusion.

    For dinner, I’d like to dine with Florence Sabin. What a remarkable woman. This gives me an idea…

  2. Report this comment

    Corie Lok said:

    I think I’ll go out on a limb and say the Bible, or some other religious text. I’m not religious at all, but if I was on a desert island, I would need a book with lots of good stories and that provided some spiritual support. I hear the Bible might be good for that.

    Either that or the Oxford dictionary—to expand my vocabulary. Or the Old Farmer’s Almanac

Comments are closed.