From Arsenic to Zirconium

From Arsenic to Zirconium

Poems and Surprising Facts about the Elements
by Dr. Peter Davern
May 2020, 296 pp.
ISBN-13: 
9781718500273

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From Arsenic to Zirconium is an entertaining collection of poems and surprising facts about the chemical elements that make up our world. The poems are a launching point for a guided tour of the elements filled with fascinating scientific trivia.

For instance:

  • Antimony, used to treat constipation in the Middle Ages, may have killed Mozart
  • There’s arsenic in your prawns! (But don’t worry, it won’t harm you.)
  • Erbium is used to “dope” optical fiber amplifiers that make your YouTube videos download faster
  • Iridium was key to the meteor theory of why dinosaurs went extinct
  • You’ll find potassium in both bananas and gunpowder
  • Sulfur plays a role in whether your hair is curly or straight

Expand your library of scientific literature with this playful and poetic romp through the periodic table!

“Delightful poems about the chemical elements that inhabit the periodic table.”
— DR. ERIC SCERRI, UCLA AND AUTHOR OF THE PERIODIC TABLE, ITS STORY AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE

“An extraordinary book.”
— SIR MARTYN POLIAKOFF, UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM AND CO-PRESENTER OF THE PERIODIC TABLE OF VIDEOS

Author Bio 

Dr. Peter Davern is a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Reviews 

"If you are the type of science teacher who loves telling stories and sharing anecdotes to enhance your lesson material, this book is for you! Adding to the ever-growing library of books about the chemical elements, their properties and uses and their positions in the periodic table, Peter Davern has come up with an interesting and engaging approach to this fundamental area of chemistry . . . a budding chemist would also find endless fascination in its contents."
—Janet Mitchell, School Science Review

"This elegantly constructed poetic version of the periodic table and the attributes of its elements serves as a numeric alphabet guide to the basic makeup of our world. It should be a required text from grade school to the home library."
—Aron Row, Seattle Book Review

Check out Peter Davern's piece on learning about the elements for National Science Teaching Association's The Science Teacher