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The Elements: An Illustrated History of the Periodic Table (100 Ponderables) Hardcover w/ fold-out Time Chart Edition

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"A great learning tool, not only for students, but for anyone who has an interest in science, especially chemistry...An excellent resource."—Reading Room

"Inquisitive high-schoolers and adults alike will enjoy and learn from what's inside."—PhysicsToday.org

"A book that a science teacher will find hard to put down."—scienceprojectsforkids.com

"If you have forgotten what an atom is, are unsure why an element is specifically located on the periodic chart, or what in the world is a Buckministerfullerene, here is your chance to learn quickly, to-the-point and educationally. Ideal for those who are studying or fascinated with the world in relationship to elements, this is a wonderful resource that can be examined, researched and enjoyed over and over."—BookPleasures.com

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"Graphically stunning, browsable volumes…feature gorgeous layouts and short, intelligent paragraphs."—School Library Journal

"A good overview of the subject for beginners…These fun science titles encourage understanding and exploration…a great pick for middle- and high-school students."—Booklist

"Mesmerizing stories, intriguing facts, and lavish illustrations…make these books not only useful but keepsakes for future generations…Great additions to any home library for kids of all ages!"—MoviesMusicAndMoreBySharon.blogspot.com

"Readers are immediately drawn to the colorful, detailed photographs, artworks, and diagrams."—BookPleasures.com

"They're all beautiful. They'd make an awesome bar mitzvah gift."—Tablet Magazine

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About the Author

Tom Jackson is a science author based in the United Kingdom who has written many books, covering everything from axolotls to Zoroastrianism. Mr. Jackson studied zoology at the University of Bristol, and still lives in that city with his wife and three children, where he can be found mainly in the attic.

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Product Details

  • Series: Ponderables
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Shelter Harbor Press; Hardcover w/ fold-out Time Chart edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985323035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985323035
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Jackson has been a writer and editor for 20 years. He has written more than 80 books and contributed to hundreds more. Tom gets to write about a wide range of subjects, everything from axolotls to zoroastrianism. However, his specialties are natural history, technology and all things scientific. Tom spends his days finding fun ways of communicating these kinds of facts, new and old, to all age groups and reading abilities.
Tom lives in Bristol, England, with his wife and three children. He studied zoology at Bristol University and has had spells working at the zoos in Jersey and Surrey. Tom has also worked as a conservationist, which saw him planting trees in Somerset, surveying Vietnamese jungle and rescuing wildlife from drought-ridden Zimbabwe. Writing jobs have also taken him to the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon rain forest, the coral reefs of Indonesia and the Sahara Desert. Nowadays, he can be found mainly in the attic.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By gooptoo on May 30, 2013
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I wanted a more scientific treatise on the history and elegance of The Table. There are 2 glaring errors on the first 2 pages which soured me to reading any more. I suppose I will but I don't understand such egregious mistakes. The reference to where hydrogen is placed is in error and the explanation of the small number below the atomic number is wrong. The H is upper LEFT and the small number refers to the average atomic weight, not the average number of atoms! How can I trust any other factoid in this elementary work?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By What I thought on October 29, 2012
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I saw a copy of this book at a friends' house. She had just bought it from Barnes Noble. It really amazed me. Once I started reading and turning the pages, i couldn't stop. I was a chem major Sophomore year in school, but it was never so much fun. I think if i had had this book, I would be a chemist now! I am going to order one for myself.

What is great is that unlike the internet WHERE YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR, here you find topic after topic that fascinates you, and you didn't know you wanted to learn about.
For example:
Did you ever wonder how the thermometer came into being, and why we have Celsius and Fahrenheit systems. Just turn to page 39.
Here is the thing. You don't know what you don't know until you find it. And in this book you can find it.

Plus it is one of the most beautiful books i have ever held in my hand.
THIS BOOK IS THE GREATEST ARGUMENT FOR KEEPING THE PRINTED BOOK IN OUR LIVES
Thanks Tom Jackson.
And Shelter Harbor Press. YOu did a great job
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chetan Parkyn on February 17, 2013
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This book, one of a series of three (the others tackle Math and the Universe) is so beautifully and carefully put together. Not only does it give a clear description of the Elements themselves, but also how our whole understanding of Chemistry has evolved. This book is highly recommended for children and adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheCoasties on March 5, 2013
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I purchased this for my 12 year old boy - and to be quite honest, I am enjoying it as much as he is. What better way to interest young people in both science and reading! I am sure your time spent with this book will enhance your knowledge.

I highly recommend this to anyone, and especially those who are science-minded. It's a fun book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Scrutinizer on April 29, 2013
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I love science! I wish more in depth books were more readily available from more publishers. Books written with facts and pure science, not riddled only with the hope of a universe solely based on evolution for evolutionist's sake!
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Good book with lots of pictures but other books on the same topic are better. Try the Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean for the full story in text form. And try The Elements a visual exploration by Theodore Gray. Gray's book also has flash cards that match the books information.
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By Sarita McCaw on April 3, 2014
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This book was much more than I had expected and the enclosed time line was VERY helpful in explaining how long we have been looking for explanations about how our world is made and what makes it "work"
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As a chemical engineer this book is right up my alley. It is beautifully illustrated and you don't need a chemistry degree to read and enjoy the history of the development of the periodic table of elements.
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