The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance by Eric R Scerri

September 6, 2011 at 8:41 am | Posted in Competition, Read | 3 Comments
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With the discovery of two new chemical elements this year – and the return of the Lab News Periodic Table Wallchart – we thought it only appropriate to suggest a suitable chemistry-based read for this month. And what better than The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance by Eric R Scerri.

The book begins with an overview of the importance of the Periodic Table, taking the reader on a journey of the early development of the chemical elements and their classification from Lavoisier, Boyle and Dalton and Cannizzaro to Mendeleev, Bohr and Lewis and Bury.

Unsurprisingly, the book has gained much praise and it’s easy to see why. It’s informative, but Scerri’s style is informal and engaging and it’s no wonder it’s been labelled as a must read for all chemists, but it’s certainly an equally enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in chemistry and the Periodic Table.

The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance by Eric R Scerri, Oxford University Press, 2007, £22.50 http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Chemistry/?view=usa&ci=9780195305739

And we’ve got four copies of The Periodic Table thanks to Eric R Scerri himself! To be in with a chance of winning, just send your name, organisation/institution and address to phil.prime@laboratorynews.co.uk by 30th September.

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  1. I’d love to read this, but it looks like i’ll have to wait till I get a job!

    • Please feel free to enter anyway – you don’t have to give us institution details, we just like to know where our readers come from. (Or mention your previous employer now unemployed and would like to read the book!)

      Send an email to Phil and we’ll enter you in the competition.

  2. Thanks for reviewing my book.

    For those of you who cannot afford this book, there is a Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table that I have written also for Oxford University press that will appear soon.

    Eric Scerri, A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table, Oxford University Press, 2011, http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Chemistry/?view=usa&ci=9780199582495


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