52. Tellurium: To Hell You Ride

Collecting elements can be risky business. Tellurium is one of those elements that poses a dire threat — not to one’s health, but to the element collector’s reputation in polite society.

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51. Antimony: Can You Return An Inheritance?

It’s like an Everlasting Gobstopper, but Willy Wonka is a fratricidal German monk.

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50. Tin: Your Metal Pal Who’s Fun To Be With

We’ve palled around with tin for thousands of years, but you should know that it’s a fair-weather friend.

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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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