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Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements

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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.
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Author: Paul Strathern

Language: English

Edition: (Edition: 1st)

Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Release Date: 2001-04-21

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0312262043

ISBN13: 9780312262044