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Occasional Articles — Blogging the Periodic Table

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Normally these Occasional Articles posts will include only two or three articles at a time, but I thought I’d go for the gusto our first time out and bring you a collection of eighteen (plus).

Sam Kean has written a book about the Periodic Table of the Elements, and to promote it, he’s been using some of his left-over information to fashion some pithy little posts at Slate.  Want to know how Mozart really died?  Want to know why Custer lost at Little Big Horn?  Want to know how to kill your (or someone else’s)? sperm?  Then read on (you’ll see the links to all eighteen entries in the top left corner).

Blogging the Periodic Table: Wild, Weird Wonderful Stories About the Elements That Make Up Our Universe

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:07 am

    The best post in that batch is the one about thorium. Not only proves that alchemy is actually possible, but presents a possible solution to the energy crisis. Exciting!

    • Wednesday, August 4, 2010 7:33 am

      That was an interesting read, though your comment about alchemy is quite a stretch.

      • Wednesday, August 4, 2010 7:37 am

        BTW, does anyone know where I can get my hands on a large quantity of Thallium?

      • Wednesday, August 4, 2010 11:21 am

        Maybe not alchemy in the traditional sense, but it is still turning one element into another, is it not?

        Even so, it’s still ‘alchemy (wink-wink),’ of course.

  2. Monday, September 6, 2010 2:53 am

    Here’s the link to a slideshow of pictures of the elements discussed:

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