A Tale of Seven Elements

In A Tale of Seven Elements, Eric Scerri presents the fascinating history of those seven elements discovered to be mysteriously "missing" from the periodic table in 1913.

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Eric Scerri is a leading philosopher of science specializing in the history and philosophy of the periodic table. He is also the founder and editor in chief of the international journal Foundations of Chemistry and has been a full-time lecturer at UCLA for the past twelve years where he regularly teaches classes of 350 chemistry students as well as classes in history and philosophy of science. He is the author of The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance and has given invited lectures all over the world.

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"Scerri's vivid storytelling, and the letters and journals he quotes, allow us to see chemistry, and science generally, as an essentially historical enterprise-a human adventure that shows the best, and sometimes the worst, of human nature." -- from the preface by Oliver Sacks
"Few areas of chemistry have inspired such a competitive spirit and bruised so many egos as the discovery of new elements. Chemists will enjoy reading Scerri's illuminating and detailed account of the personal, political, and scientific tensions behind the true discoveries and the vanishing of many false identifications." -- Peter Atkins
"Highly recommended for all curious science readers and historians of science" -- Library Journal
"Reading this book is like going away on holiday to an obscure little place you'd never normally think of visiting, and finding it packed with local interest and charm. Who would have thought that this odd collection of little-known elements would have so many stories to tell, so many characters and intrigues and eccentricities? For anyone curious about chemistry, it's a trip I can warmly recommend." -- Philip Ball, author of Elements, A Very Short Introduction and Molecules, A Very Short Introduction.
"Scerri details the fascinating backstories of the discoverers and discoveries of the last seven chemical elements in this engaging scientific history." -- Publishers Weekly "If you wish to deepen your understanding of the nature of the elements, and the nature of the men and women who made it their business to discover them, you can't go wrong with this delightful volume from the preeminent authority on the history and philosophy of the periodic table." -- Theodore Gray, Popular Science columnist and author of The Elements, Mad Science, and Mad Science 2 "Attractive, Promising Reassessment Frames Particularly Helpful Teaching. In short, an intriguing and worthwhile book!" -- Martyn Poliakoff FRS, The Uni
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 270
Erscheinungsdatum 01.06.2013
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-19-539131-2
Verlag Oxford university press
Maße (L/B/H) 21,8/14,8/3,2 cm
Gewicht 428 g
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