From the Archives: Oliver Sacks' Table of Elements

8/6/2015, 10:51:27 PM , duration(0:0:0)
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<p>As we're busy working on our next episode, with stories inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements, we thought we'd bring you one of its chief inspirations.  As a young boy, neurologist, author and Radiolab favorite <a class="external-link" href="http://www.oliversacks.com/" target="_blank">Oliver Sacks</a> pored over the pages of the Handbook of Physics and Chemistry, fantasizing about the day that he, like the shy gas Xenon, would find a companion with whom to connect and share. That companion turned out to be the Periodic Table of the Elements itself, a relationship he's never outgrown. He introduces us to the elements that he's known and loved. </p>