Review: “Molecules” by Theodore Gray

Thumbs up for Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything by Theodore Gray. Science.

I thought this would be pretty, and potentially informative. I didn’t think it would be hilarious. Enjoy it yourself, leave it on your coffee table for your friends, and give it to every kid you know.

The base of conventional nail polish is a nitrocellulose lacquer dissolved in acetone. (This is why you can also use acetone to remove nail polish: it dissolves nitrocellulose.) Amusingly, another name for nitrocellulose is guncotton: in pure form, it’s an explosive every bit as powerful as gunpowder. And acetone is one of the most flammable of all solvents. You take your life in your hands when you apply nail polish! Literally, in your hands.

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