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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. Welcome to a dazzling tour through history and literature, science and art. In Periodic Tales, you'll meet iron that rains from the heavens and neon as it lights its way to vice. You'll learn how lead can tell your future and why zinc may one day line your coffin. You'll discover what connects the bones in your body with the White House in Washington, the glow of a streetlight with the salt on your dinner table.
From ancient civilizations to contemporary couture, from the oxygen of publicity to the phosphorous in your pee, the elements are near and far and all around 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.
Interesting to learn about the elements but I could have lived without the non-scientific/imaginative descriptions.Published 3 days ago by Suzanne M. Schneider
If you are a college student studying for an exam on the Periodic Table, this is the book for you. Element mass, atomic number, freezing and melting point, electrical properties... Read morePublished 11 days ago by James
And very interesting tales indeed. Who knew that platinum is more expensive than gold only because of marketing, or that rare earth elements are in every home, or how the periodic... Read morePublished 15 days ago by M. Koziar
I was disappointed in this book, although part of the problem might be that it compares poorly to Primo Levi's _The Periodic Table_, which is a world-class masterpiece. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Goes further in depth than I thought it would. Just when you think he is getting way of track, he ties things together. Not an exciting read, but an interesting one.Published 16 days ago by Earl Osborn
Interesting. As a Latin teacher I am frequently asked about the orgin of the scientific names and this reference helps a bit in my pretending to know. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Karlius