Mendeleyev's Dream

Mendeleyev's Dream

The Quest for the Elements

Book - 2001
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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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martins Press, 2001
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312262044
0312262043
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 540.9 Str

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