The 13th Element

The 13th Element

The Sordid Tale Of Murder, Fire, And Phosphorus

Book - 2000
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The incredible glowing history of the Devil's element phosphorus
Discovered by alchemists, prescribed by apothecaries, exploited by ninth-century industrialists, and abused by twentieth-century combatants, the chemical element phosphorus has fascinated us for more than three centuries. It may even be the cause of will-o'-the wisps and spontaneous human combustion Now John Emsley has written an enthralling account of this eerily luminescent element. Shining with wonderful nuggets-from murders-by-phosphorus to a match factory strike; from the firebombing of Hamburg to the deadly compounds derived from phosphorus today-The 13th Element weaves together a rich tableau of brilliant and oddball characters, social upheavals, and bizarre events.
Publisher: New York : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2000.
ISBN: 9780471394556
0471394556
047144149X
Branch Call Number: 546.712 Ems
Characteristics: viii, 327 pages : illustrations
Alternative Title: Thirteenth element

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