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Following brief information on the element's name and pronunciation, each entry is arranged into several sections addressing specific uses or roles. For example, "Food Element" treats the importance of the element in the human diet, and "Element of History" deals with the element's discovery. Also covered are medical, economic, environmental, and chemical aspects. There is even an "Element of Surprise," which highlights some interesting facts. Here and in occasional sidebars we learn that Mozart may have been accidentally poisoned by antimony, cobalt was once used to make invisible ink, silver can be used to sterilize water, mercury was once used to treat syphilis, and Napoleon may have been poisoned by arsenic from the wallpaper at his home on St. Helena.
There are many sources of accurate information on the chemical elements. A distinguishing feature of this work is the inclusion of unusual facts that should appeal to the general reader with little science background. It is recommended for special, public, and academic libraries. RBB
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I love this product. I will buy from this seller again !Published 5 months ago by Emmanuel Gutierrez
I've never read this book, but I read it all the time. I use it as a frequent reference source and since I'm usually concentrating on one or a few elements at a time I use it as a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thomas C. Fletcher
Fascinating facts about every element, will keep you talking for months. Great for nerds like me.Published 9 months ago by Mark Gehring
As a guy having a chemistry degree I really enjoyed this one. I rather enjoyed the alphabetical listing of the elements. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert Sparrenberger
great book for chemistry students and science professionals...thanksPublished 12 months ago by naqueira
I purchased it for my Grandson and he loves it. He is reading it like a novel.Published 12 months ago by Carl Jensen