Bye bye, Charles

Primo Levi's Periodic Table, his 1975 memoir of life as a Jew under Mussolini as told through chapters named for chemical elements, beat out Charles Darwin's work as the best book on science ever written. So said the voters at the Royal Institute in London.

October 22, 2006 12:44 AM |



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