Book Review: Antimony, Gold, And Jupiter’s Wolf

Cover of Antimony, Gold, and Jupiter's Wolf by Peter Wothers.

About a quarter of the way through Peter Wothers’ new book, Antimony, Gold, And Jupiter’s Wolf: How The Elements Were Named, I realized how much of an understatement that subtitle is. Wothers has done much more than supply origin stories for the elements’ names — he’s told the tale of societies slowly learning how to communicate with one another in a rapidly changing world.

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49. Indium: The Spectre Of Isaac

The story of indium is pretty straightforward, but its namesake is practically impossible to pin down.

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