A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitrii Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table (Revised Edition)
Dmitrii Mendeleev (1834–1907) is a name we recognize, butperhaps only as the creator of the periodic table of elements.Generally, little else has been known about him. A Well-OrderedThing is an authoritative biography of Mendeleev that draws amultidimensional portrait of his life for the first time. AsMichael Gordin reveals, Mendeleev was not only a luminary in thehistory of science, he was also an astonishingly wide-rangingpolitical and cultural figure. From his attack on spiritualism tohis failed voyage to the Arctic and his near-mythical hot-airballoon trip, this is the story of an extraordinary maverick. Theideals that shaped his work outside science also led Mendeleev toorder the elements and, eventually, to engineer one of the mostfascinating scientific developments of the nineteenth century.A Well-Ordered Thing is a classic work that tells thestory of one of the world's most important minds.