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just like the alphabet, the calendar, or the zodiac, the periodic desk of the chemical components has an enduring position in our mind's eye. yet other than the handful of universal ones (iron, carbon, copper, gold), the weather themselves stay wrapped in secret. we don't be aware of what so much of them seem like, how they exist in nature, how they obtained their names, or of what use they're to us. Unlocking their miraculous secrets and techniques and colourful pasts, Periodic Tales is a passionate trip via mines and artists’ studios, to factories and cathedrals, into the woods and to the ocean to find the genuine tales of those interesting yet mysterious construction blocks of the universe.

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