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Mendeleyev's Dream: the Quest for the Elements.


The author describes chemistry by recounting the advances made by philosophers and scientists from the ancient Greeks to the inventor of the periodic table, Dmitri Mendeleyev. Strathern transports us to hair-raising times when alchemists used strange, oftentimes poisonous concoctions alternately attempting to cure human ailments and turn "sick metal" into gold. Continuing along the odd path that alchemists blazed, fascinating personalities advanced concepts that explained the chemical world and eventually led Mendeleyev to dream up his periodic table. Originally published in hardcover in 2001. Berkeley, 2002, 309 p., b&w illus., paperback, $14.00.

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Publication:Science News
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Date:Jun 15, 2002
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