Double cassette, running time: 3 hours
In The Periodic Kingdom, Peter Atkins outlines the general features of the chemical elements in the world, their history, and the characteristics and distinctive personalities of these elements, which are the substances from which everything tangible and material is made. It will introduce the listener (who needs no prior knowledge of chemistry) to the general features of the table, the history of the elements, and the arrangement which underlines the table in terms of the structure and properties of atoms. Peter Atkins takes us on a journey of the imagination: the periodic table is a country, a periodic kingdom, and each element corresponds to a chemical element. He also talks about the elements as finely balanced personalities, with quirks of character and distinct, but not always obvious, dispositions. As a result, the periodic table becomes a kingdom and a land of intellectual satisfaction and infinite delight.
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