Buy periodic tales a cultural history of the elements from arsenic to zinc on amazoncom free shipping on qualified orders. Periodic tales is one of those books that grabs you by the throat and will not let you go full of extra ordinary stories co incidences twists and turns hugh aldersley williams meanders through the arcane history of the elements and in so doing encourages the reader to want to find out more and more. Periodic tales is unfortunately not very good it attempts to tell some tale about most of the elements from the periodic chart but the tales never gel as an interesting whole a few pages about madame curie were interesting but at least for me none of the remaining parts of the book were interesting. Many scientists of my generation first became fascinated with chemistry when they received a gift of a chemistry set in childhood some of us went beyond the simple chemistry set and accumulated additional chemicals books on chemistry and the elements a periodic table and made efforts to secure as many of the chemical elements as possible
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