How much of the science in Breaking Bad is real?

How much of the science in Breaking Bad is real?

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 1:49 pm

The controversial TV series Breaking Bad is into its final few episodes, with fans wondering how exactly the story of Walter White, a teacher-turned-drug-producing-criminal-mastermind will end. But how many of the frequent science scenes reflect reality, asks chemist Dr Jonathan Hare, a Fellow of the RSC.

Dr Hare's piece went live on the BBC's website today and can be viewed here.

The RSC has also published a series of articles on the science behind Breaking Bad if you are inspired to dig deeper into the chemistry behind the show.

About the author: Dr Jonathan Hare, of the Creative Science Centre at Sussex University, is a physicist and chemist. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Re: How much of the science in Breaking Bad is real?

Posted by Yasmin Hussain on Jun 2, 2020 11:12 am

The chemistry shown in Breaking Bad is mostly accurate although some scenes are not. For e.g, the methamphetamine Walt cooks is blue which is a bit misleading. But there are also accurate facts such as when Walters talks about chirality which is the handedness of a molecule.

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