I took basic high school chemistry, but that's it. Although this book goes through a lot of background, I found that it was too technical for me to thoroughly enjoy. I did like all of the stories about elements being used throughout history, and I gleaned a lot of conversation starters from this book. However, when listening to this in the car, I had whole stretches of 15-20 minutes where I lost interest in the audiobook. There were some fun parts to this book, but I would recommend it to someone with a bit more chemistry background for it to be fully enjoyable.
I recently took a chemistry class, and it really helped to understand most of this book. what I enjoyed the most were the back stories of the elements and how they came to be and the people behind them. it got confusing toward the end when they were talking about theory, but overall and interesting book.
If you like history and have an interest in brushing up on your science knowledge, it's a good book to listen to.
The book is intetesting, full of crazy stories and very well composed. The research behind it was really serious.However I think the book could be somewhat shorter. The narator makes a great job.
and how they pertain to our world! excellent story telling of the importance of element discovery, the ppl behind the discovery and how we use them today. this should be required reading for chemistry class.
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Chemistry was the class I least liked in high-school. I hated all those chemical equations. I never understood the periodic table either.
And yet, I found this book to be a fascinating tell of how how we developed a better understanding of the atoms and quantum physics that make our universe work. I would have never thought a chemistry book would make me sit in the parking lot after I got to work, wanting to spend a few more minutes in the car listening to this book.
If you are intellectually curious, and if you love science, by all means get this book.
Kept me listening for two chapters. Early in chapter three, Kean states that water is the only liquid in our universe (at any pressure or temperature) that could provide liquid transport of metabolites to and from cells in multi-cellular organisms. I'm done listening.
Great story. Well read. Narrator kept it interesting. Could not stop listening. Chemical history fascinating.