Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements
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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MENDELEYEV'S DREAM: The Quest for the ElementsUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A nimble chronological history of the transformation of sorcery and superstition into chemistry.Strathern (Foucault in 90 Minutes, 2000, etc.) does not focus on a single figure (despite his title ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jennchem - LibraryThing
I picked up this book at the library because I've been hoping to learn more about Mendeleyev's path to the periodic table. The book jacket--which I don't have on me right now--does mention that it ... Read full review