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A tale of seven elements, Eric Scerri

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A tale of seven elements
Title
A tale of seven elements
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Eric Scerri
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Tale of 7 elements
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Language
eng
Summary
In 1913, English physicist Henry Moseley established an elegant method for ""counting"" the elements based on atomic number, ranging them from hydrogen (#1) to uranium (#92). It soon became clear, however, that seven elements were mysteriously missing from the line up--seven elements unknown to science. In his well researched and engagingly narrative, Eric Scerri presents the intriguing stories of these seven elements--protactinium, hafnium, rhenium, technetium, francium, astatine and promethium. The book follows the historical order of discovery, roughly spanning the two world wars, beginning
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  • U.C.L.A. professor Scerri (The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance) details the fascinating backstories of the discoverers and discoveries of the last seven chemical elements in this engaging scientific history. The author begins by explaining how chemist Dimitri Mendeleev’s 19th-century periodic table not only organized atoms into families, but also revealed lacunae where yet-to-be-discovered atoms should fit. By 1913, the seven eponymous elements—protactinium, hafnium, rhenium, technetium, francium, astatine, and promethium—had been predicted but not yet found. Twentieth-century insights into atomic structure allowed English physicist Henry Moseley to reorganize the modern periodic table according to atomic number rather than weight, and modern physics gave scientists the tools to finally find the missing elements, from silvery protractinium to superhard rhenium and the rare earth element promethium. Scerri enriches each minihistory with anecdotes of bitter rivalries, professional and personal frustrations, “scientific chicanery,” and obsessive “pathological science” done in search of the hypothesized elements and the fame that would accompany their discovery. This brief and intriguing tale offers insights into the research process as well as the history of the periodic table as researchers vied to break new ground. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 15, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 15, p)
  • Scerri (chemistry & biochemistry, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; The Periodic Table: Its Story and Significance ) presents a narrative about seven elements missing from Henry Moseley's 1913 counting method for elements in the periodic table. These "missing" elements, discovered from 1920 to 1945, are scattered over the different groups in the table. The stories behind each one's discovery and uses provide insight into the social and political relationships among scientists of the time. Scerri does a nice job of connecting scientific insight into the isolation and discovery of each element with technical details. VERDICT With his mixed approach of using both the social and the scientific context to tell each element's story, Scerri supplements more specialized reference works and provides material for all scientists searching for further insight into the elements and the relationships among them. Recent popular works exploring the intersections between the personal and the scientific include Sam Kean's The Disappearing Spoon and William F. Bynum's A Little History of Science . This is highly recommended for all curious science readers and historians of science.— Elizabeth A. Brown, Binghamton Univ. Libs., NY --Elizabeth A. Brown (Reviewed April 15, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 17, p106)
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10188586
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Scerri, Eric R
Dewey number
546
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QD467
LC item number
.S3475 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Periodic law
  • Chemical elements
  • Chemical elements
  • Periodic law
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A tale of seven elements, Eric Scerri
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-244) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Priority disputes and what constitutes the discovery of an element? -- Dalton, to the discovery of the periodic system -- The influence of modern physics -- Element 91, protactinium -- Element 72, hafnium -- Element 75, rhenium -- Element 43, technetium -- Element 87, francium -- Element 85, astatine -- Element 61, promethium -- Transuranium elements 93 and beyond
Control code
ocn802324295
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxxiii, 270 pages
Isbn
9780199875030
Lccn
2013010052
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)802324295
Label
A tale of seven elements, Eric Scerri
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Priority disputes and what constitutes the discovery of an element? -- Dalton, to the discovery of the periodic system -- The influence of modern physics -- Element 91, protactinium -- Element 72, hafnium -- Element 75, rhenium -- Element 43, technetium -- Element 87, francium -- Element 85, astatine -- Element 61, promethium -- Transuranium elements 93 and beyond
Control code
ocn802324295
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxxiii, 270 pages
Isbn
9780199875030
Lccn
2013010052
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)802324295

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