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Gray, an element collector and Popular Science columnist, has created a visual homage to the periodic table of the elements. The book begins with an introduction to the arrangement of the periodic table. The first 100 of the elements are each profiled on a two-page spread. The left-hand side of the spread features a large color image of the element in its true form, when possible. The right-hand side includes various images of ways the element appears in the world and explanations of some of the compounds in which it can be found. For example, the Selenium entry includes images of selenium sulfide medicated shampoo, Brazil nuts (which are high in selenium), and a red vase that gets its color from a selenium glaze. Most of the images are items from the author�s personal collection. A column running down the right-hand page offers information on the element�s location in the periodic table and its atomic weight, density, atomic radius, and crystal structure in addition to charts portraying its electron order filling, atomic emission spectrum, and states of matter at various temperatures. Because of their instability and short half-life, or because they have not yet been discovered, elements 101 through 118 are presented in two groups of nine. The volume concludes with a brief bibliography and an index in addition to a foldout poster of the periodic table. This eye-catching book is certain to appeal to students and casual browsers alike. --Maren Ostergard
it'd be great if I was a teenager. amusing design with basic information.Published 1 day ago by MaryamOH
fascinating. The layout and pictures make this book very fun to read and easy to comprehend.Published 5 days ago by Lauri in oregon
great picture.. explains everything..just an great book all aroundPublished 16 days ago by Nonamewilly
This was bought as a birthday present for an 11 year old boy with Aspergers, and he absolutely loves the book. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Jim Schuuz
Awesome pictures, but very basic. Great for a kid or teenager.Published 17 days ago by KimberlyShalda-Carver