Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Hugh Aldersey-Williams

My latest book is Tide: The Science and Lore of the Greatest Force on Earth. It weaves the complex science of the tides with literary and artistic references and my own travels to tidally curious places. The Sunday Times called it ‘profound and powerful’ and ‘a delight to read’. The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century (2015) won the East Anglian Book Award (General Non-Fiction) and was longlisted for the American PEN Biography Award. Browne was an extraordinary figure of the 17th century – a physician, a philosopher, and writer and a myth buster. His prose is some of the finest in the English language, and he has been admired by many writers, from Samuel Johnson to Virginia Woolf to Javier Marías. My book seeks to reclaim Browne from academic obscurity, and to show how his ideas - about science, nature, religion and tolerance - are as relevant now as they were during his own troubled times. I am a writer and curator with interests ranging from science to architecture and design. My previous books include the bestselling Periodic Tales, which shows how we all know the elements better than we think without going anywhere near a chemistry laboratory, and Anatomies: The Human Body, Its Parts and The Stories They Tell. My exhibitions have ranged from the thorny topic of identity (at the Wellcome Collection) to zoomorphic architecture (at the V&A), and most recently, an exhibition of artworks related to the chemical elements, loosely based on stories in Periodic Tales, at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, in 2015.

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    • Periodic Tales

    • The Curious Lives of the Elements
    • By: Hugh Aldersey-Williams
    • Narrated by: John Sackville
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Everything in the universe is made of them, including you. Like you, the elements have personalities, attitudes, talents, shortcomings, stories rich with meaning....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastically informative

    • By mat brown on 03-09-18

    Regular price: £23.99

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