The periodic table of the elements, generally credited to the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, provides “a useful framework to classify, systematize, and compare all of the many different forms of chemical behavior.” The author uses Mendeleev’s table and its numerous revisions to write a history of science and scientists, which at times, may poke its head above the comfortable lexicon of many general listeners. However, writer Kean’s ability to ferret out the lighter side of events makes for an addictive and educational experience. Narrator Sean Runnette proves himself to be the perfect surrogate for the author as he pronounces every name and obscure technical term without flaw. His connected reading shows that he understands the subtle humor, irony, and impact of such a clever history. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2010]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2010
CD ISBN 9781400119523 $34.99 Eleven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781400169528 $24.99 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Tantor Media 2010
CD ISBN 9781400149520 $83.99 Eleven CDs
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