Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc

Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc

by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
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Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

In the spirit of A Short History of Nearly Everything comes Periodic Tales. Award-winning science writer Hugh Andersey-Williams offers readers a captivating look at the elements—and the amazing, little-known stories behind their discoveries. Periodic Tales is an energetic and wide-ranging book of innovations and innovators, of superstition and science and the myriad ways the chemical elements are woven into our culture, history, and language. It will delight readers of Genome, Einstein’s Dreams, Longitude, and The Age of Wonder

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062078810
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 29,378
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Hugh Aldersey-Williams is the author of numerous books on architecture, design, and science, including Panicology and The Most Beautiful Molecule, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in Norfolk, England.

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Periodic Tales 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting read, full of elemental barroom trivia. Some of the similarities between the stories lessens the enjoyment in the middle, but overall a great buy.
chemman More than 1 year ago
Loved it. It provides an not only a look at the table itself, it provides a look at the history of their discovery and discoverers. I enjoyed the background of how they were used and continue to be used.
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Tells a unique true story with verve and dash.
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This book was boring. I have read other books on the subject and have to say any other book would be better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With a lack of details and an ignorance of common aquaponics designs and practices this book is a waste of money.