The Mystery of the Periodic Table

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  • Paperback
  • 170 pages
  • The Mystery of the Periodic Table
  • Benjamin Wiker
  • 24 April 2018
  • 188393771X

About the Author: Benjamin Wiker

Benjamin Wiker is a writer, teacher, lecturer, husband of one wife, and father of seven children He has a Ph.D in Theological Ethics from Vanderbilt University, an M.A in Religion from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A in Political Philosophy from Furman University He has taught at Marquette University, St Mary s University MN , and Thomas Aquinas College, and is now a Professor of Political Science and Director of Human Life Studies at Franciscan University, and a Senior Fellow of Franciscan s Veritas Center.


The Mystery of the Periodic TableLeads The Reader On A Delightful And Absorbing Journey Through The Ages, On The Trail Of The Elements Of The Periodic Table As We Know Them Today He Introduces The Young Reader To People Like Von Helmont, Boyle, Stahl, Priestly, Cavendish, Lavoisier, And Many Others, All Incredibly Diverse In Personality And Approach, Who Have Laid The Groundwork For A Search That Is Still Unfolding To This Day The First Part Of Wiker S Witty And Solidly Instructive Presentation Is Most Suitable To Middle School Age, While The Later Chapters Are Designed For Ages 12 13 And Up, With A Final Chapter Somewhat Advanced Illustrated By Jeanne Bendick And Ted Schluenderfritz.

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10 thoughts on “The Mystery of the Periodic Table

  1. booklady says:

    Now you have to understand Chemistry was like my least favorite subject ever in school Not big on Science of any sort, Chemistry was the worst of all This week I was cleaning out our back room and going through old homeschooling books and papers When I found The Mystery of the Periodic Table I couldn t remember ever having read it The back book cover reads, written for middle school age, with later chapters designed for ages 12 13 and up Yours truly is the and up Benjamin D Walker has Now you have to understand Chemistry was like my least favorite subject ever in school Not big on Science of any sort, Chemistry was the worst of all This week I was cleaning out our back room and going through old homeschooling books and papers When I found The Mystery of the Periodic Table I couldn t remember ever having read it The back book cover reads, written for middle school age, with later chapters designed for ages 12 13 and up Yours truly is the and up Benjamin D Walker has taken the Periodic Table as we know it today and proposed the question, How did this come about Good question Kind of like the Bible, it wasn t just dropped down from the sky ready made It took centuries and the combined efforts of many people from all over the world working together and even sometimes against each other to produce the finished result This book is part science, part history, which made itpalatable for someone like me I still can t say I got all of it, but I learned quite a bit and enjoyed the journey not bad for someone who never liked Chemistry I m wrapping this copy up for my chemical engineer daughter for Christmas She gets her brains from her father

  2. Great Book Study says:

    Such an awesome little book about chemists from the ancients until the present and how the discovery of chemistry and elements became the organized Table of Elements Easy to read and understand Could even be used in high school as an introduction to chemistry.

  3. Gina Johnson says:

    This is a year 6 AmblesideOnline science book and I felt like it was a very good introduction to chemistry as well as covering the history of the periodic table I think next time I have a student in year 6 I will read this book with them so we can discuss it as we go My student this year has done OK with it but not awesome I think she would have gotten a lotout of it if I had made time to do it together.

  4. Vanessa says:

    I love that there is a Spoilers button here Guess what Mendeleev did it, but with lots of accomplices, including one or two after the fact I thought I was going to skim this book to evaluate it for my 9th grader who is taking Chemistry this year But I couldn t skim I had to read the whole thing Bad news is it added a week to my planned homeschool curriculum because I now want him to read the whole thing, too This book is wonderful.Other homeschool parents as we read, we re replicating I love that there is a Spoilers button here Guess what Mendeleev did it, but with lots of accomplices, including one or two after the fact I thought I was going to skim this book to evaluate it for my 9th grader who is taking Chemistry this year But I couldn t skim I had to read the whole thing Bad news is it added a week to my planned homeschool curriculum because I now want him to read the whole thing, too This book is wonderful.Other homeschool parents as we read, we re replicating some of the labs in chronological order I want him to have a good foundation of how we got to modern chemistry So many texts START with the periodic table, which to me is almost criminal.Joseph Black s 1761 experiment with the rising temperature of water as it starts to boil is a great introduction to lab equipment and patient observation Cavendish s 1776 experiment where he isolated inflammable air hydrogen is a great intro to lab safety and how to write lab reports And you make water

  5. Marsha B says:

    I appreciate the peek into the window of chemistry this book allowed us The stories told reinforce the fact that science is an ongoing field of study Many have put their lives into what has thus far been discovered, and even the ones that got things wrong greatly contributed to what became the Periodic Table that we know I think that may be what I appreciate most failures of one became a stepping stone or ladder rung for the success of others and their humility through discovery made it al I appreciate the peek into the window of chemistry this book allowed us The stories told reinforce the fact that science is an ongoing field of study Many have put their lives into what has thus far been discovered, and even the ones that got things wrong greatly contributed to what became the Periodic Table that we know I think that may be what I appreciate most failures of one became a stepping stone or ladder rung for the success of others and their humility through discovery made it all possible

  6. Karen says:

    Jacob read for AO Y6 Learned a lot, last chapter was the bestkrb 5 31 19

  7. Mary says:

    My daughter and I enjoyed the book It helped to read it together for Year 6 There is a Jacques Louis David painting of Lavoisier and his wife that places a name with a face if a reader is interested.

  8. gloriabluestocking says:

    A lively, engaging overview of the origins and gradual development of the Periodic Table, as well as the many detour and setbacks An excellent view of science as something that builds upon generations of discoveries, errors, wonder, and persistence.

  9. Cristina Montes says:

    Who would have thought that the history of the periodic table of elements could be presented in a compelling and understandable way, such that I was not able to put down the book

  10. Teri says:

    3.5 stars Good overview of beginning history of chemistry written at a Middle School level It was useful, good illustrations, just not extraordinary.