September 2018

For several years, during my first lecture of each semester I would invite my general chemistry students to introduce themselves to their neighbours. They would share their name, intended major, and favourite genre for reading. Students would share their passion for reading, which included everything from horror and romance to science fiction and war history. However, something changed in 2011, as the graph in figure 1 illustrates. For the first time, a large group of my students said they didn’t have a favourite genre. The following year, it was almost half my class.

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