The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus

The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus

by John Emsley

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The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus by John Emsley

Discovered by alchemists, prescribed by apothecaries, exploited by nineteenth-century industrialists, and abused by twentieth-century combatants, phosphorus is one of nature's deadliest -- and most fascinating -- creations. Now award-winning author John Emsley combines his gift for storytelling with his scientific expertise to present an enthralling account of this eerily luminescent element. From murders-by-phosphorus where the bodies glowed green, to the match factory strike that helped end child labor in England, to the irony of the World War II firebombing of Hamburg, to even deadlier compounds derived from phosphorus today, The 13th Element weaves together a rich tableau of brilliant and oddball characters, social upheavals, and curious, bizarre, and horrific events that comprise the surprising 300-year history of nature's most nefarious element.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620456316
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

JOHN EMSLEY is Science Writer in Residence at both Cambridge University and Imperial College of London University. He has won the prestigious Rhone-Poulenc Prize for best science book of the year, was an editor of New Scientist magazine, and wrote a science column for the Independent newspaper.

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