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Mendeleyev's Dream By Paul Strathern

Mendeleyev's Dream
by Paul Strathern

Paul Strathern unravels the history of chemistry through the quest for the elements. Framing this history is the story of 19th-century Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev, who dreamed the periodic table - the template upon which chemistry is founded.
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Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements by Paul Strathern

In this 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 19th century Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev, who fell asleep at this desk and awoke after dreaming of the Periodic Table - 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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About Paul Strathern


Paul Strathern studied physics, chemistry and maths at Trinity College, Dublin, before switching to philosophy. He is author of several novels, including A Season in Abyssinia, which won the Somerset Maugham prize, and two successful series - Philosophy in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea: Scientists Who Changed the World.

Table of Contents


In the beginning; the practice of alchemy; genius and gibberish; Paracelsus; trial and error; the elements of science; a born-again science; things never seen before; the great Phlogiston mystery; the mystery solved; a formula for chemistry; the search for a hidden structure; Mendeleyev; the Periodic Table.

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GOR001226646
Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements by Paul Strathern
Paul Strathern
Used - Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2001-05-31
320
0140284141
9780140284140
Short-listed for Aventis Prizes for Science Books: General Prize 2001
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.