by Sam Kean

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

The elements that sit so neat and tidy on the periodic table actually have a long and often messy history. Written with a strong enough grasp of chemistry to satisfy those with more expertise (I believe) but, for those of us who nearly failed Chemistry in high school (guilty), the anecdotes, accidents, and disputes behind the discovery of the elements are compelling. I admit that much of the explanations of electron exchanges went right over my head, but I was still able to enjoy the stories of scientists grappling with morality, politics, and ego.

I chose to listen to the audio version and was very pleased by the quality of the reader. Engaging and easy to follow, I found the audio version enhanced the book and it made for a great commute these past weeks. 

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