Hi everybody, just a quick post to let you know there’s no new episode today. It’s an unusually hectic schedule here with the end of the year fast approaching, so Antimony will be posed on Monday, December 16, resuming a regular schedule following that. Tellurium will post on December 30, and the first episode of 2020 will be Iodine on January 13. My apologies for the disappointment! If it’s any consolation, the next episode is gonna be a doozy.
We’ve palled around with tin for thousands of years, but you should know that it’s a fair-weather friend.
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.