Periodic Tales probably contains more chemistry and less physics than The Disappearing Spoon. Two lively tales of the periodic table and the scientists behind it are full of entertaining nuggets Robin McKie Sat 22 Jan 2011 19.04 EST First published on Sat 22 Jan 2011 19.04 EST As someone for whom science is a fairly incomprehensible mystery, I found this book clear and accessible and was facinated by the facts and stories. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc. Periodic Tales is an entertaining and amazingly wide ranging exploration of the elements that make up everything in our lives. It is particularly strong on colour chemistry, for example in fireworks and pigments - a subject of special interest to the author. Arts reviews; REVIEW: Periodic Tales at Compton Verney. 2953. Share on Facebook. Periodic Tales is a history book about science, explaining the stories behind the discoveries of the elements in the periodic table and the cultural impact of these elements. Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc - Kindle edition by Aldersey-Williams, Hugh. PERIODIC TALES ... Review Posted Online: Feb. 1, 2011. From the calcium in sidewalk chalk to the phosphorous in the glow of a firefly, from the antimony in Jezebel’s mascara to the chromium in a glowing red ruby, there are countless tales to be told about the elements. Periodic Tales combines simple objects made from different elements – a tiny lead figurine from the Aegean islands is the oldest, dating from around 2500 BC – … 0. Tweet on Twitter. Gill Sutherland - 14th October 2015. Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2011. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. A contextually thorough examination of the periodic table of elements. A miscellany of facts from literature, science and art, \ News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services Book Review of The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean Buntrock, Robert E. Journal of Chemical Education ( 2011 ), 88 ( 2 ), 145 CODEN: JCEDA8 ; ISSN: 0021-9584 . By.