Traveling today. Time killer needed. Tablets encourage reading! A book would be nice.
I just downloaded “Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc,” by Hugh Aldersey-Williams. Is it possible to find a nerdier title?
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.
The reviews were encouraging. I’ll let you know. Fifty Shades will continue to wait.