This month, we take a peek behind the curtain with Gemma Milne’s Smoke & Mirrors.  In her first book, the technology journalist looks at headline-grabbing science present and past – from cancer treatments to fusion energy and quantum computers. Will the book deliver on its promise to be a guide on how to recognise hype and how to cut through it? 

Find out what we thought about the book, and hear from Milne herself as she talks about the human experience of hype – and how it can be used as a tool for good as well as bad.

You can also read the full review of Smoke & Mirrors here.

Book Club video

We’re trying out something new – Book Club on screen! You can see Katrina Krämer, Jamie Durrani and Jen Newton discuss Smoke & Mirrors here:

Next month, we return to our favourite scientific discipline – chemistry – with Ainissa Ramirez’s The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another. 

If you, dear listener, have any thoughts on Smoke & Mirrors  or know of a book you would like us to discuss in an upcoming book club, let us know in the comments below or tweet at us @ChemistryWorld.