The Mystery of the Periodic Table
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The Mystery of the Periodic Table

By Benjamin D. Wiker
Product Code: 9781883937713

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"When we look at the elements on the Periodic Table we might think that it was a nice, neat, and straight road to their discovery. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was a long and difficult journey much like the perilous wanderings of Odysseus in Homer's great epic tale, The Odyssey. Of course the wanderings made it an adventure, and an adventure is always an exciting thing to retell." [from the book]

Author Benjamin Wiker takes the reader on a fun and engrossing voyage through the years, on the trail of the Periodic Table's elements as we know them today. He introduces the young reader to people like Von Helmont, Boyle, Stahl, Priestly, Cavendish, Lavoisier, and many others, all of whom are immensely different in personality and approach, and who laid the framework for a search that is still ongoing today. The initial half of Wiker's funny and solidly instructional presentation is best suited to middle schoolers, while the subsequent chapters are intended for ages 12-13 and higher, with a somewhat more advanced final chapter.

Softcover, 160 pages, ages 10-up.

 
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