Here they talk to Dr. Vera Koester, ChemViews Magazine , about their idea to provide a wider view of the history of science, to acknowledge that science is done in cooperation and not by a single genius, and to give the unknown contributors their names back. Annette: When we heard about the upcoming anniversary of the periodic table, we discussed ideas and realized that there were not too many stories about women’s contributions, although we knew that women had been working on the elements of the periodic system. So we decided to make a collective volume. The idea was not just to emphasize women and create new heroines. We also wanted to take the opportunity to show the complex nature of chemical work—in particular work in the lab, where a lot of collaboration is involved, and not just individual geniuses at work. Annette: We have two readership groups in mind: The general audience interested in science and the historical aspect of science and the professional historians of science. The articles are scholarly, not just popular work. Brigitte: We did not want to sacrifice accuracy and good science for popularity. As historians of science, we wanted to provide this double readership with substantial and well-grounded information based at least on the latest scholarly research in this field.