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Periodic Tales


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Unlocking astonishing secrets and colourful pasts, this book is a voyage of wonder and discovery, showing that the elements' stories are our stories, that their lives are inextricable from our own. Here you will meet iron that rains from the heavens and noble gases that light the way to vice. You'll learn that 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 White House in Washington, the glow of a streetlamp and the salt on your dinner table. Hugh Aldersey-Williams is the author of several books exploring science, design and architecture. He has curated exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wellcome Collection. 

Written by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Paperback, 428 pages.
Measures 13 x 19.5cm.