The periodic table is one of the most familar forms of “wall art” found in schools, universities, and laboratories around the world. This book is a celebration of the periodic table. The book consists of ten chapters that cover the origins and development of the periodic table as well as its present role in science. The expertise of the author, Eric Scerri, is not only in chemistry, but also history and philosophy of science—this book embraces all these subjects. The research is comprehensive. The author does an excellent job of summarizing demonstrably interrelated events at various stages in the development...

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