|Sam Kean. Maggie Edkins, illus.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||240 / 2018|
Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, greed, betrayal, and obsession. Adapting his hugely popular 2010 book here for readers 10 to 13, the author of The Violinist's Thumb and Caesar's Last Breath follows elements on the table as they play out their parts in finance, mythology, war, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.