From Arsenic to Zirconium - Poems and Surprising Facts about the Elements

Author(s): Peter Davern

Science | Poetry

93 short poems that teach the lay reader about the elements of the periodic table. An entertaining and informative collection for a general audience by a professor of chemical sciences.


The Periodic Table of Poems is a unique collection of 93 short poems that explores the properties and nuances of each element in the periodic table. Davern discusses the science, history, and quirks of each element--things like why potassium reacts explosively with water, what about arsenic makes it both a deadly poison and a cure for syphilis, and how mercury inspired the term "mad as a hatter".


 For example:

Li, small and light, the soft metal with mettle
Keeps much of our mobile-power'd world in good fettle;
In sea and in soil,
Floats on water and oil,
Has helped many's the troubled mind settle.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781718500273
  • : No Starch Press, Incorporated
  • : No Starch Press, Incorporated
  • : 0.368317
  • : April 2020
  • : ---length:- '9'width:- '6'units:- Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Davern
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 296