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The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus

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The incredible ""glowing"" history of the ""Devil's element ""phosphorus Discovered by alchemists, prescribed by apothecaries, exploited by ninth ... Show synopsis

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  • The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire and Phosphorus (John Wiley & Sons) – Hardcover (2000)
    by John Emsley

    The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale of Murder, Fire and Phosphorus

    Hardcover, John Wiley & Sons
    2000
    English
    352 pages

    ISBN: 0471394556
    ISBN-13: 9780471394556

    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 ... Show more

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