Some years ago, M. Ilyin, Russian writer, proved that certain abstractions in science could be brought to the level of boys' and girls' understanding. Now a fellow countryman proves again that science can be made simple, dramatic and absorbing. This is the story of the discovery of many of the chemical elements in common use today -- and the men and women who contributed their findings to the world. Calcium, magnesium, radium, helium -- Davy, the Curies, Lavoisier, Mendeleyev, Kirchoff-names, perhaps, but after reading Nechaev's illuminating story, they become personalities, and their discoveries vital bits of human drama. For young scientists. One regrets the lack of an index; fortunately the Table of Contents is a full one.