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The Resource Antimony, gold, and Jupiter's wolf : how the elements were named, Peter Wothers

Antimony, gold, and Jupiter's wolf : how the elements were named, Peter Wothers

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Antimony, gold, and Jupiter's wolf : how the elements were named
Title
Antimony, gold, and Jupiter's wolf
Title remainder
how the elements were named
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Peter Wothers
Title variation
Antimony, gold, and Jupiters wolf
Title variation remainder
how the elements were named
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Language
eng
Summary
The iconic Periodic Table of the Elements is probably in its most satisfactory, elegant form it will ever have. This is because all the 'gaps' corresponding to missing elements in the seventh row, or period, have recently been filled and the elements named. But where do these names come from? For some (usually the most recent), the origins are quite obvious, such as germanium or californium, but for others - even the well-known elements, such as oxygen or nitrogen - their roots are less clear. here, Peter Wothers explores the fascinating and often surprising stories behind how the chemical elements received their names. Delving back in time to explore the history and gradual development of chemistry, he sifts through medieval manuscripts for clues to the stories surrounding the discovery of the elements, showing how they were first encountered or created, and how they were used in everyday lives. As he reveals, the oldest-known elements were often associated with astronomical bodies, and the connections with the heavens influenced the naming of a number of elements. Following this, a number of elements, including hydrogen and oxygen, were named during the great reform of chemistry, set amidst the French revolution. Whilst some of the origins of the names were controversial (and, indeed incorrect - some saying, for instance, that oxygen might be literally taken to mean 'the son of a vinegar merchant'), they have nonetheless influenced the language used throughout the world to this very day. Throughout, Wothers delights in dusting off the original sources, and bringing to light the astonishing, the unusual, and the downright weird origins behind the names of the elements we take for granted today
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Wothers, Peter
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546/.8
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illustrations
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index present
LC call number
QD467
LC item number
.W684 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Chemical elements
  • Periodic table of the elements
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how the elements were named
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Antimony, gold, and Jupiter's wolf : how the elements were named, Peter Wothers
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-265) and index
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Contents
Heavenly bodies -- Goblins and demons -- Fire and brimstone -- 'H two O' to 'O two H' -- Of ashes and alkalis -- Loadstones and earths -- The salt makers -- From under the nose -- Unstable endings
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on1085699234
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 273 pages
Isbn
9780199652723
Lccn
2019945159
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations (black and white)
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(OCoLC)1085699234
Label
Antimony, gold, and Jupiter's wolf : how the elements were named, Peter Wothers
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Heavenly bodies -- Goblins and demons -- Fire and brimstone -- 'H two O' to 'O two H' -- Of ashes and alkalis -- Loadstones and earths -- The salt makers -- From under the nose -- Unstable endings
Control code
on1085699234
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 273 pages
Isbn
9780199652723
Lccn
2019945159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (black and white)
System control number
(OCoLC)1085699234

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