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From Arsenic to Zirconium: Poems and Surprising Facts about the Elements (Paperback)

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93 short poems that teach about the elements of the periodic table.

Indulge your love of the periodic table with this collection of poems and fun facts about the chemical elements that make up our world. From arsenic to zirconium, this book describes the characteristics, history, and quirks of each element. The poems are a launching point for a guided tour of the elements filled with fascinating scientific trivia. For instance:

  • Antimony, used to treat constipation in the Middle Ages, may have killed Mozart.
  • There's arsenic in your prawns! (But don't worry, it won't harm you.)
  • Erbium is used to "dope" optical fiber amplifiers that make your YouTube videos download faster.
  • Iridium was key to the meteor theory of why dinosaurs went extinct.
  • You'll find potassium in both bananas and gunpowder.
  • Sulfur plays a role in whether your hair is curly or straight.

  • Expand your library of scientific literature with this playful and poetic romp through the periodic table.

    About the Author

    Dr. Peter Davern is a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He has been fascinated by the periodic table: its form, layout, the repeating patterns of chemical properties among groups of elements. Davern has spent the last 5 years researching interesting and useful properties about the elements and then transforming them into a collection of short, easy-to-remember poems.

    Praise For…

    "If you are the type of science teacher who loves telling stories and sharing anecdotes to enhance your lesson material, this book is for you! Adding to the ever-growing library of books about the chemical elements, their properties and uses and their positions in the periodic table, Peter Davern has come up with an interesting and engaging approach to this fundamental area of chemistry . . . a budding chemist would also find endless fascination in its contents."
    —Janet Mitchell, School Science Review

    "This elegantly constructed poetic version of the periodic table and the attributes of its elements serves as a numeric alphabet guide to the basic makeup of our world. It should be a required text from grade school to the home library."
    —Aron Row, Seattle Book Review

    “Delightful poems about the chemical elements that inhabit the periodic table”
    Dr. Eric Scerri, UCLA and author of The Periodic Table: Its Story and its Significance

    “An extraordinary book”
    Sir Martyn Poliakoff, University of Nottingham and Co-Presenter of The Periodic Table of Videos

    "Useful for the classroom . . . Being a science geek, I was never really into poetry, but this is poetry written by a science geek, for science geeks, so don’t let the word 'poem' put you off. All of the poems (one for each element 1–92) are five lines long, and after each line comes an explanation of the unique or exciting thing about that element."
    —Holly Amerman, National Science Teaching Association, The Science Teacher Journal

    "Full of interesting information on the elements to enliven your lessons."
    —Peter Childs, editor of Chemistry in Action!

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9781718500273
    ISBN-10: 1718500270
    Publisher: No Starch Press
    Publication Date: May 26th, 2020
    Pages: 296
    Language: English
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    Created At: 7/28/2019 06:03pm
    Last Updated At: 1/14/2023 11:45am