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In this authoritative Very Short Introduction to the periodic table, Eric Scerri presents a modern and fresh exploration of this fundamental topic in the physical sciences, considering the deeper implications of the arrangements of the table to atomic physics and quantum mechanics. Scerri looks at the trends in properties of elements that led to the construction of the periodic table, and how the deeper meaning of its structure gradually became apparent with the development of atomic theory and quantum mechanics, so that physics arguably came to colonize an entirely different science, chemistry.

©2011 Eric Scerri (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Mario
  • Wadsworth / OH
  • 09-05-14

Little boring

It's a short book, but the story is too extensive! It tells the story of Mandeleev and a lot of historical information that is unnecessary for the understanding of the periodic table. I was looking for a more technical book, and not a historical one.

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Great coverage of the periodic table

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, as it is a very concise collection of knowledge of the history and future of the periodic table.

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Who was your favorite character and why?

The books coverage of the underlying "invasion of physics in chemistry" was very interesting.

Which character – as performed by Eric Scerri – was your favorite?

In so far as what is achieved, he uses concise and very useful information. In so far as what could be improved, his delivery could use more energy.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Bismuth was recently found to be radioactive, before the publishing of this book. In the book Bismuth is described as stable, not radioactive. This error could have been caught before publishing.

Any additional comments?

Comparing the value of the periodic table to the value of Darwin's evolution theory is a stretch, in the extreme.

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very interesting topic

well made and got me thinking about the history of the periodic table. will likely get the recommended books for further information on the subject