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A Tale of 7 Elements has been reviewed by Angewandte Chemie, Metall, and Journal of Chemical Education.

UPDATE (July 29, 2014)

Science magazine has recently reviewed, A Tale of 7 Elements. The review is available here:
Excerpt: In A Tale of 7 Elements, philosopher of science Eric Scerri provides an expert perspective on the history of the periodic table, focusing principally on the last seven naturally occurring elements to be discovered.

UPDATE (July 11, 2014)

More accolades for “A Tale of 7 Elements” have been published.  You can read the latest reviews by visiting:

Physics in Perspective – Review by Lowell H. Hall (Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA, USA)
Excerpt: Overall, this book is a genuinely interesting read. Scerri joins the stories smoothly together with the more technical material.

Science & Education – Review by Kevin de Berg (Avondale College of Higher Education, Cooranbong, NSW, Australia)
Excerpt: This is a book which will appeal to historians, philosophers, chemists, and educators. Of the ninety-two elements up to uranium only seven were missing from the periodic table around 1913. The story surrounding the identification of these seven elements forms the core material of the book. The seven elements in the order of their identification dates are: element 91- Protactinium (1917 by Meitner); element 72- Hafnium (1923 by Hevesy); element 75- Rhenium (1925 by Noddacks); element 43- Technetium (1937 by Segrè); element 87- Francium (1939 by Perey); element 85- Astatine (1940 by Segrè); and element 61- Promethium (1945 by Marinsky). 

Contemporary Physics – Review by D.W. Jones (University of Bradford, Bradford, UK)
PDF of the review is available here.
Excerpt: Scerri, accustomed to teaching large classes at UCLA in chemistry and on the philosophy and history of the periodic table within the history of science, has dedicated his comprehensive book to Moseley.


UPDATE (May 9, 2014)
Dr. Eric Scerri’s book, “A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table” has just been released as an audiobook.

His two previous books with Oxford University Press are also available in this format but for the first time, the latest audiobook is narrated by Eric Scerri himself.


Continuing in it’s trend of receiving acclaim by world-renowned journals and publications, Dr. Eric Scerri’s A Tale of 7 Elements has been reviewed by the German journals Angewandte Chemie and Metall and American Chemical Society’s Journal of Chemical Education.

The Angewandte Chemie review is available here and the Journal of Chemical Education review can be found here.

In other news, A Tale of 7 Elements was recently published as an audio book.  The audio book is available here.

Secondly, Dr. Scerri’s earlier book, The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction, was also reviewed by the Journal of Chemical Education.  The review is available here.

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