Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements (Paperback)
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Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages
Published: 19/01/2012
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THE PHENOMENAL SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

'Science writing at its best. If only chemistry had been like this at school' Matt Ridley
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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 inextricable from the stories of our own lives.
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'A love letter to the chemical elements. Aldersey-Williams is full of good stories and he knows how to tell them well' Sunday Telegraph

'The history, science, art, literature and everyday applications of all the elements from aluminium to zinc' The Times

'Great fun to read and an endless fund of unlikely and improbable anecdotes' Financial Times

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141041452
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 319 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

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“Fantastic”

Excellent book! Gives some of the colourful tales behind common and not so common elements.

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“Unexpectedly Cultural...”

Expecting an in-depth Chemistry thesis, I was quite pleasantly surprised by the nature of the book, which held me captivated throughout the duration of reading. I really enjoyed the narrative perspective of the piece;... More

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