Luc Ikelle – Imode Education & Energy, Texas, USA
Series: Chemistry Research and Applications
BISAC: SCI008000; SCI013000
The challenges of our time such as improving the length and quality of lives on Earth, feeding the world’s growing population, improving the length and quality of lives on Earth, improving short- and long- distance communication and transportation, predicting, adapting to, and mitigating natural hazards, and exploring space to improve our lives on Earth and for the survival of our civilization, transcend the current college curriculums or programs. The breadth of these challenges suggests that instead of splintering science education into endless disciplines, we should expose young minds to multidisciplinary science. Modern technology developments and scientific advances have already adopted cross-fertilization of science disciplines. In this book, we aim to provide young minds with the multidisciplinary education necessary to meet the scientific and technological challenges of our time.
In this book, we introduce, with significant details, some of the core fundamental notions that underpin modern science and engineering education and scientific training. These notions are (1) chemical, nuclear, and thermonuclear reactions, (2) oxygenic and anoxygenic photosyntheses, (3) neutron scattering, (4) gamma-ray interactions with matter, (5) electricity and magnetism, (6) photoelectric effect, (7) Compton scattering, (8) pair and triple productions, (9) neutron stars, (10) supernovae, and (11) black holes. We then illustrate, with applications across disciplines, the importance of these notions in the understanding of the origin of our lives, including the Kigali Amendment and Montreal Protocol related to the ozone layer and halocarbon productions, why Mars and Venus turned out very different from Earth despite the multiple similarities. These applications also include medical diagnostics and treatments, aging, conventional and unconventional energy resources, renewable energy, nuclear fusion and fission, atomic and hydrogen bombs, rock dating, and potential carbon-based life in the TRAPPIST-1 star system.
No chapter is divided into biology, chemistry, and physics. We define and motivate the importance of a topic or problem. Then we address it, both qualitatively and quantitatively, starting with basic principles followed by a series of applications. The book contains analytical problems, as well as computational problems, that include MATLAB software developed especially for the classes associated with this book.