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Mendeleyev's dream : the quest for the elements

Author: Paul Strathern
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2019. ©2001
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Pegasus books hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"In 1869 Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev was puzzling over a way to bring order to the fledgling science of chemistry. Wearied by the effort, he fell asleep at his desk. What he dreamt would fundamentally change the way we see the world. Framing this history is the life story of the nineteenth-century Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev, who fell asleep at his desk and awoke after conceiving the periodic table  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleyev; Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleyev
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Strathern
ISBN: 1643130692 9781643130699
OCLC Number: 1054000515
Description: 308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: In the beginning --
The practice of alchemy --
Genius and gibberish --
Paracelsus --
Trial and error --
The elements of science --
A born-again science --
Things never seen before --
The great phlogiston mystery --
The mystery solved --
A formula for chemistry --
The search for a hidden structure --
Mendeleyev --
The periodic table.
Responsibility: Paul Strathern.

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"In 1869 Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev was puzzling over a way to bring order to the fledgling science of chemistry. Wearied by the effort, he fell asleep at his desk. What he dreamt would fundamentally change the way we see the world. Framing this history is the life story of the nineteenth-century Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev, who fell asleep at his desk and awoke after conceiving the periodic table in a dream-the template upon which modern chemistry is founded and the formulation of which marked chemistry's coming of age as a science. From ancient philosophy through medieval alchemy to the splitting of the atom, this is the true story of the birth of chemistry and the role of one man's dream. In this elegant, erudite, and entertaining book, Paul Strathern unravels the quixotic history of chemistry through the quest for the elements."--Amazon.com.

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