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Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements
Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements
Price: £4.68

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unstructured - if only the table had been used more!, 22 Jun. 2011
Afraid I have to agree with the other Kindle reviewers. I didn't recognise the book described on the printed version - I, too, found this a disappointingly random collection of ragbag facts which one supposes is an attempt to 'humanise' the stories behind the elements. I found it difficult to maintain focus on some of the longer anecdotes, which weren't all that interesting, and overall it had rather little science in it.

IMO, it would have been better if the book was more structured around the Periodic Table itself and guided you through the various parts, with diagrams or schematics to match. Sometimes the chapter titles had you guessing where we were going next, and it was even sometimes unclear when a story had moved on to another element mid-chapter.


What's What: The Encyclopedia of Pointless Information
What's What: The Encyclopedia of Pointless Information
by William Hartston
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome addition to the trivia scene, 31 May 2005
A substantial book of minty-fresh trivia, thankfully avoiding the tiresome list format. The encyclopedic entries and useful cross-reference make this as near as anything will come to a trivia encyclopedia, giving possibilities for using this book in research, speech writing and - well - just browsing. You'll discover how barcodes work, how many ladybirds there are to the gallon and why the chicken really did come before the egg. The author's standard of research is very good too, leaving out many of the common trivia conceptions (ducks' quacks don't echo etc.) Recommended.


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