• Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements See large image

    Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements (Paperback) By (author) Hugh Aldersey-Williams

    $12.73 - Save $3.35 20% off - RRP $16.08 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 1 business day
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    DescriptionThe phenomenal "Sunday Times" bestseller "Periodic Tales" by Hugh Andersey-Williams, packed with fascinating stories and unexpected information about the building blocks of our universe. Everything in the universe is made of them, including you. Like you, the elements have personalities, attitudes, talents, shortcomings, stories rich with meaning. Here you'll meet iron that rains from the heavens and noble gases that light the way to vice. You'll learn how lead can tell your future while zinc may one day line your coffin. You'll discover what connects the bones in your body with the Whitehouse in Washington, the glow of a streetlamp with the salt on your dinner table. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colourful pasts, "Periodic Tales" is a voyage of wonder and discovery, showing that their stories are our stories, and their lives are inextricable from our own. "Science writing at its best. A fascinating and beautiful literary anthology, bringing them to life as personalities. If only chemistry had been like this at school. A rich compilation of delicious tales". (Matt Ridley, "Prospect"). "A love letter to the chemical elements. Aldersey-Williams is full of good stories and he knows how to tell them well". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "Great fun to read and an endless fund of unlikely and improbable anecdotes". ("Financial Times"). "The history, science, art, literature and everyday applications of all the elements from aluminium to zinc". ("The Times"). Hugh Aldersey-Williams studied natural sciences at Cambridge. He is the author of several books exploring science, design and architecture and has curated exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wellcome Collection. He lives in Norfolk with his wife and son.


Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

 

Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for Periodic Tales

    Title
    Periodic Tales
    Subtitle
    The Curious Lives of the Elements
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hugh Aldersey-Williams
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141041452
    ISBN 10: 0141041455
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    DC22: 546
    BIC subject category V2: PNK
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    DC23: 546
    Thema V1.0: PDZ, PNK
    Illustrations note
    60 b/w integrated
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    19 January 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Hugh Aldersey-Williams studied natural sciences at Cambridge. He is the author of several books exploring science, design and architecture and has curated exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wellcome Collection. He lives in Norfolk with his wife and son.
    Review quote
    Science writing at its best ... fascinating and beautiful ... if only chemistry had been like this at school ... to meander through the periodic table with him ... is like going round a zoo with Gerald Durrell ... a rich compilation of delicious tales, but it offers greater rewards, too -- Matt Ridley Immensely engaging and continually makes one sit up in -surprise Sunday Times Splendid ... enjoyable and polished Observer Full of good stories and he knows how to tell them well ... an agreeable jumble of anecdote, reflection and information Sunday Telegraph Great fun to read and an endless fund of unlikely and improbable anecdotes ... sharp and often witty Financial Times A joyous romp through the chemical elements Today, BBC Radio 4 Not only a cultural history of the elements, it is also a lament to the loss of science as a hobby Economist A flashily brainy book, crammed with literary references and held together by a personal quest to collect as many elements as possible Telegraph 'Elements are fun' is the essential premise of Hugh Aldersey-Williams's new book and by heck he's right ... Aldersey-Williams mourns the fact chemistry isn't really sexy any more; Periodic Tales is a step towards it getting its mojo back Metro **** Imaginative and fun ... almost every page yields a nugget Nature