Periodic Tales : A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc
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.
- Paperback | 428 pages
- 134.62 x 200.66 x 33.02mm | 340.19g
- 28 Feb 2012
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- HarperCollins Publishers
- United States
- black & white illustrations
Aldersey-Williams s playful, hands-on approach to scientific exploration shines through the book. --Boston Globe"
Back cover copy
Like the alphabet, the calendar, or the zodiac, the periodic table of the chemical elements has a permanent place in our imagination. But aside from the handful of common ones (iron, carbon, copper, gold), the elements themselves remain wrapped in mystery. We do not know what most of them look like, how they exist in nature, how they got their names, or of what use they are to us. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colorful pasts, Periodic Tales is a passionate journey through mines and artists' studios, to factories and cathedrals, into the woods and to the sea to discover the true stories of these fascinating but mysterious building blocks of the universe.