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A Well-ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev And The Shadow Of The Periodic Table
     

A Well-ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev And The Shadow Of The Periodic Table

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by Michael D. Gordin
 

Dmitrii Mendeleev: It's a name we recognize, but only as the disheveled scientist pictured in our high school chemistry textbook, the creator of the periodic table of elements. Until now little has been known about the man, but A Well-Ordered Thing draws a portrait of this chemist in three full dimensions.Historian Michael Gordin also details Mendeleev's

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Dmitrii Mendeleev: It's a name we recognize, but only as the disheveled scientist pictured in our high school chemistry textbook, the creator of the periodic table of elements. Until now little has been known about the man, but A Well-Ordered Thing draws a portrait of this chemist in three full dimensions.Historian Michael Gordin also details Mendeleev's complex relationship with the Russian Empire that was his home. From his attack on Spiritualism to his humiliation at the hands of the Petersburg Academy of Sciences, from his near-mythical hot-air balloon trip to his failed voyage to the Arctic, this is the story of an extraordinary man deeply invested in the good of his country. And the ideals that shaped his work in politics and culture were the same ones that led a young chemistry professor to start putting elements in order.Mendeleev was a loyal subject of the Tsar, but he was also a maverick who thought that only an outsider could perfect a modern Russia. A Well-Ordered Thing is a fascinating glimpse into the world of Imperial Russia—and into the life of one of its most notorious minds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465027750
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/26/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Michael D. Gordin is an assistant professor in the history department at Princeton University, where he teaches the history of science and Imperial Russian history. A member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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A Well-ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev And The Shadow Of The Periodic Table 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is a wonderfully written, essential historical work. It is a must have for all who study the history of science or Russian history. The author demonstrates an intimate knowledge of all the primary sources, and creates a work like no other.