Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Euro notes contain Europium. In China there are artificial rivers constructed of mercury. The panels of the Jewish museum in Berlin are of zinc. The duality of antimony, once mooted as a cure for leprosy and French pox, was central to its appeal to alchemists.

This amazing book about the history of elements, tales of their discovery and often bizarre historical uses is fascinating for a browse. It is recommended to anyone with a hint of interest or scientific bent.


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