IamA science journalist who has just written SUPERHEAVY, the first pop science history of creating elements and why this is breaking the periodic table. I've visited every lab that's involved and know the teams currently racing to create the next ...
My short bio: I'm Kit Chapman, science journalist formerly with the Royal Society of Chemistry. For the past three years I've specialised in superheavy elements - elements so unstable they do not exist on Earth. I've met every team that's discovered an element since 1940, and visited Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Labs in the US; GSI Darmstadt in Germany; the University of Stockholm and Chalmers Institute of Technology in Sweden; Dubna, Russia; RIKEN, Japan; and Australian National University, Australia.
Ask me anything about the weird history of element making (including how Superman and Col. Sanders got involved!), how we make elements, or where we're going to end up going.
SUPERHEAVY is out in select bookshops and at Cheltenham Science Festival and Stoke Newington Literary Festival NOW. You can also order it online here.
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