DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Slate‘s “Blogging The Periodic Table”

August 4th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.

Knit me this for Christmas, and I’ll be your friend for life

If you have an interest in science, but, like me, you need the dumbed-down “for poets” version to geek out on it, then you’ll love “Blogging the Periodic Table,” a series of posts published over the last month at Slate. Each post is devoted to one element of the periodic table and brimming with wonderful, obscure, and sometimes bizarro little anecdotes. Like how, in the 19th century, aluminum was considered more precious than gold or silver, and the French once displayed “Fort Knox-like bars” of it next to the crown jewels. Or why one tiny Swedish island has four elements named after it. Or how the elements get their funny names. It’s science, but it’s also the history of the world. While writer Sam Kean will only cover about 25 of the periodic table’s 118 elements for Slate, you can read more about them in Kean’s new book, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements, available now.

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  2. buriedmirror says:

    There is a gorgeous iPad app (and book) called The Elements

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