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    • Periodic Tales

    • A Cultural History of the Elements, From Arsenic to Zinc
    • By: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
    • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 434
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      4 out of 5 stars 395

    Like the alphabet, the calendar, or the zodiac, the periodic table of the chemical elements has a permanent place in our imagination. But aside from the handful of common ones (iron, carbon, copper, gold), the elements themselves remain wrapped in mystery. We do not know what most of them look like, how they exist in nature, how they got their names, or of what use they are to us.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting but Rambling

    • By Carolyn on 08-24-15

    Regular price: $31.49

    • In Search of Sir Thomas Browne

    • The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind
    • By: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was an English writer, physician, and philosopher whose work has inspired everyone form Ralph Waldo Emerson to Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf to Stephen Jay Gould. In an intellectual adventure akin to Sarah Bakewell's book on Montaigne, How to Live, Hugh Aldersey-Williams sets off not just to tell the story of Browne's life but also to champion his skeptical nature and inquiring mind for our own age.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This is a travelog

    • By Tyler Curtain on 03-02-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Anatomies

    • A Cultural History of the Human Body
    • By: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
    • Narrated by: Philip Hoffman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 99
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      4 out of 5 stars 91
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      4 out of 5 stars 91

    The human body is the most fraught and fascinating, talked-about and taboo, unique yet universal fact of our lives. It is the inspiration for art, the subject of science, and the source of some of the greatest stories ever told. In Anatomies, acclaimed author of Periodic Tales Hugh Aldersey-Williams brings his entertaining blend of science, history, and culture to bear on this richest of subjects.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Human body as vessel, creature, landscape

    • By S. Yates on 12-23-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Periodic Tales

    • The Curious Lives of the Elements
    • By: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
    • Narrated by: John Sackville
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Everything in the universe is made of them, including you. Like you, the elements have personalities, attitudes, talents, shortcomings, stories rich with meaning. Here you'll meet iron that rains from the heavens and noble gases that light the way to vice. You'll learn how 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 Whitehouse in Washington, the glow of a streetlamp with the salt on your dinner table.

    Regular price: $26.17

    • The Tide

    • The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth
    • By: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Here is the epic story of the centuries-long search to understand the tide: from Aristotle, said to have drowned himself when he failed to figure out the Greek tides, to the pioneering investigations into the role of the moon by Galileo and Newton to supercomputing in our own time.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Relentlessly slow

    • By Rickapolis on 02-09-17

    Regular price: $27.99