Science Author & Chemistry Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Eric Scerri was educated at the Universities of London, Cambridge and Southampton. He wrote his PhD in the History & Philosophy of Chemistry at King’s College, London. After postdoctoral fellowships at the London School of Economics and Caltech he taught chemistry at Bradley University and Purdue University, for three years, before beginning at UCLA in the fall of 2000, where he has taught over 20,000 chemistry undergraduates, as well as teaching courses in history & philosophy of science.

His first book on the periodic table was awarded the Newby McCoy prize by the UCLA Chemistry Department and was a Choice Magazine best academic book of the year. His second book on this subject was also a Choice Magazine academic book of the year. His most recent book, “A Tale of Seven Elements” was named among the top 12 science books of the year 2013 by New Scientist magazine. In addition Scerri has published two books of his own collected research papers and has edited three further books on the philosophy of chemistry and the elements. His books have been translated into 15 languages. His most recent book, A Tale of Seven Scientists (OUP, 2016), presents a completely new approach to the philosophy of science, drawing on elements of evolutionary epistemology but with a new holistic twist that he terms Sci-Gaia, namely a view of science as one unified organic entity.

Scerri has appeared on radio and television including the PBS series "The Mystery of Matter". He frequently lectures in countries all round the world. He has published over 100 articles in professional journals as well as more popular magazines including Scientific American, American Scientist, New Scientist, Chemistry World etc.

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