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The Elements: Their Origin, Abundance, and Distribution Paperback – August 24, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0198552987 ISBN-10: 019855298X

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 24, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019855298X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198552987
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,879,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lucidly written introductory book that uses an interdisciplinary approach to answer questions on the nature, history, and abundance of the elements on the earth and in the universe . . . . Because of the book's broad scope, it is useful as a reference and it also could be used as a text in a course designed to attract students interested in a more general picture of science. For beginning science students, it is an ideal work because the author includes at the end of each chapter a summary of important points and an annotated bibliography." --Choice


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P. A. Cox is at University of Oxford.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Forster on August 29, 2009
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This work by P.A. Cox offers a useful overview of how matter came to be distributed as we see it today. Despite its age, little has changed in the basics that are presented here. The book is quite specialized; it is targeted towards chemists, cut covers topics primarily out of cosmology and geology, so it is certainly not for everyone. I would strongly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject and at least a batchelor's degree in chemistry.

Personally, I use this book as the basis for a lecture in a senior-level university Inorganic Chemistry course.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 25, 2011
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I was lead to this book following a curiosity about the relative abundance of the elements. I was pleasantly surprised to find such a broad answer, introducing me to new fundamental viewpoints and questions on the topic of origins.

Since the question of origins is so fundamental, and the story told by this book so satisfying, this book fills a special spot on my bookshelf now.

What I found outstanding about this book:
- Origins means the Big Bang, and there are many and more famous books on That Topic. But if you really want to know about our material origins, then you need to ask what ultimately leads to the actual material around us on this rock. The Big Bang, and even generic stellar physics, doesn't give the whole story. This book made me appreciate the full and unique question of our origins - and provides a most satisfying story of what we know and how we know it.
- As an introductory book it totally hits the mark by teaching lots of big picture intuition about the major mechanisms. It consistently picks the right level of detail to teach things that are wide ranging and memorable but which do not need more advanced understanding than what the book provides. For instances, his coverage of nuclear physics is perfectly satisfying for this story on origins, and he teaches a lot of intuition just based on the relative strengths and ranges of nuclear vs electromagnetic forces.
- This is a really *high quality* work of scientific exposition. He provides just the right graphs that display trends I am curious about, or to illustrate his engaging story. In some graphs he zooms in on just the right interesting regions that concretely exemplify the models.
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By ny on April 13, 2013
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a very good book, although published over 20 years ago, even older than me. bought it as a further reading book for a course.
the prof is a bigwig in geochem.
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