Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest For The Elements

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SKU: DADAX0312262043
ISBN : 0312262043

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In this elegant, erudite, but entertaining book, Paul Strathern, the award-winning novelist and expositor of complex ideas, unravels the dramatic history of chemistry through the quest for the elements.

Framing this history is the life story of the nineteenth-century Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev, who fell asleep at his desk and awoke after conceiving the periodic table in a dream-the template upon which modern chemistry is founded and the formulation of which marked chemistry's coming of age as a science. From ancient philosophy through medieval alchemy to the splitting of the atom, this is the true story of the birth of chemistry and the role of one man's dream.

Author : Paul Strathern
ISBN : 0312262043
Language : English
No of Pages : 320
Edition : 1st
Publication Date : 4/21/2001
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 8.54x5.8x1.07
Book weight : 0.01

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