By Hugh Aldersey-Williams
We are made from the elements—and so is everything that surrounds us. But do you know what Rubidium or Tantalum looks like? Or how Zinc was named? Hugh Aldersey-Williams's Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc takes us on a merry and revealing tour of the periodic table, through its history as well as elemental connections to literature, art and popular culture. Written for the non-scientist, this collection of curious chemistry factoids is sure to prep you for rescuing the next party conversation lull. Discover why that streetlight glow is related to the salt on your dining table, how early chemists got their phosphorus from urine and many other intriguing, periodic table wonders. Softbound, 428 pages.