Tag Archives: Scarlett Thomas

Short Shelf: The Periodic Table of the Elements

In this age of ever-present data visualization, let’s not forget one of the earliest, prettiest, and most enduring: The Periodic Table of the Elements. Devised by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, it has both genius and simplicity on its side. The 118 known elements are laid out in a table in order of their […]


Pocket Review: Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas

Our Tragic Universe Scarlett Thomas Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010 Just like the real thing, Scarlett Thomas’ Our Tragic Universe contains multitudes. Its heroine, Meg Carpenter, is struggling with writer’s block, broke, no longer in love with her boyfriend and enamored of an older man who lives with someone else, and generally at the mercy of […]