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MENDELEYEV'S DREAM: The Quest for the Elements

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

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), but instead addresses the fluidity of ideas over spans of time and space, demonstrating how the systemic ordering of the elements (a breakthrough in understanding akin to gravity) was ultimately grasped ... Read full review

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