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The book of science

8700 BCE - 2018 CE

Tom Sharp

Poetry and commentary reflecting milestones of the history of science

Welcome to The book of science. Come here each week to find poetry and commentary on another milestone of the history of science.


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Arsenic was found in the early bronze age to make bronze stronger but it’s toxic. Early alchemists gave it mystical significance.

2500 BCE Near East elements Arsenic As 33

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2637 BCE Huangdi astronomy Chinese calendar
2648 BCE Imhotep architecture Step pyramid
2782 BCE Old Kingdom of Egypt astronomy Egyptian calendar
3000 BCE Mesopotamia, Balkans elements Tin Sn 50
3100 BCE Egypt elements Antimony Sb 51

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