The Science of Breaking Bad, book review: Walter White’s chemistry explained

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The Science of Breaking Bad • by Dave Trumbore and Donna J. Nelson • MIT Press • 231 pages • ISBN: 978-0-262-53715-5 • £14.99 / $19.99


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“Chemistry,” Walter White observes in the pilot episode of Breaking Bad, “is the study of matter, but I prefer to see it as the study of change.” The following 45 minutes are exactly that kind of study, with Walt himself as Exhibit A.

In an interview with the American Chemical Society’s weekly in-house magazine early in the show’s first season, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan said that it was important to him to get the science right, and that he would welcome help from the chemistry community. With no real idea whether he was serious, the University of Oklahoma professor Donna J. Nelson, who had long wanted to see TV use its broad demographic reach to bring an appreciation of science to a wider public, checked out the first five episodes of the show. Satisfied that it was not glorifying either methamphetamine or the drug trade,…

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