Mendeleyev's Dream: The Quest for the Elements

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6.2 X 9.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Paul Strathern's narrative nonfiction includes The Other Renaissance, The Venetians, Death in Florence, The Medici, Mendeleyev's Dream, The Florentines, Empire, and The Borgias, all available from Pegasus Books. He is also a Somerset Maugham Award-winning novelist. Paul lives in London.
Chemistry has been a neglected area of science writing, and Mendeleyev, the king of chemistry, is a largely forgotten genius. Strathern's history goes a long way toward correcting that injustice.--Simon Singh, author of 'The Code Book' and 'Fermat's Last Theorem'
Strathern is an entertaining guide, capable of marshaling a colorful cast of thinkers and experimentalists. It's a pleasure to find a popular book about chemistry.
Despite its title, this is not a biography of Dmitri Mendeleyev. Rather, it is a lay reader's history of chemistry or, more broadly, scientific thought, from the ancient Greeks through the 19th century.
Strathern does an excellent job revitalizing the drama of chemistry's volatile mix of ideas and substances. His readable romp through the annals of chemistry conveys a remarkable amount of information about science in general.
Taking a traditional view of intellectual history, Strathern considers the 17th century as the era when the 'new science' of chemistry could at last 'shed its oriental esoteric past.'
Mendeleyev's Dream is a wonderfully entertaining and stimulating journey from alchemy to chemistry in search of the elements of our universe. It is a book of great clarity and depth.--Jim Crace, bestselling author of 'Harvest'