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Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements

  • Aug 31, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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The phenomenal Sunday Times bestseller Periodic Tales by Hugh Andersey-Williams, packed with fascinating stories and unexpected information about the building blocks of our universe.

Everything in the universe is made of them, including you.

Like you, the elements have personalities, attitudes, talents, shortcomings, stories rich with meaning.

Here you'll meet iron that rains from the heavens and noble gases that light the way to vice. You'll learn how lead can tell your future while zinc may one day line your coffin. You'll discover what connects the bones in your body with the Whitehouse in Washington, the glow of a streetlamp with the salt on your dinner table.

Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colourful pasts, Periodic Tales is a voyage of wonder and discovery, showing that their stories are our stories, and their lives are inextricable from our own.

'Science writing at its best. A fascinating and beautiful literary anthology, bringing them to life as personalities. If only chemistry had been like this at school. A rich compilation of delicious tales'Matt Ridley, Prospect

'A love letter to the chemical elements. Aldersey-Williams is full of good stories and he knows how to tell them well'Sunday Telegraph

'Great fun to read and an endless fund of unlikely and improbable anecdotes'Financial Times

'The history, science, art, literature and everyday applications of all the elements from aluminium to zinc' The Times

Hugh Aldersey-Williams studied natural sciences at Cambridge. He is the author of several books exploring science, design and architecture and has curated exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wellcome Collection.


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  • Sapna

    there's a headline today that athletes have been banned from using the 'noble' elements xenon and argon. Apparently they help increase red blood cells, hence performance. How apt

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Jessie H.

    Interesting read ,a bit patchy at times.

    September 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello I arrived a short while ago but have been told no one is here yet- please let me know in case. Thanks, Polly

    August 31, 2014

  • Victoria

    I'm taking a risk putting myself on the waitlist as I am only just ordering the book so if 2 spaces come up, I might not be the most eloquent on it, but it sounds really interesting and I would really like to see old friends and meet new ones hence why I've added myself.

    August 25, 2014

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