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The Photographic Card Deck of The Elements: With Big Beautiful Photographs of All 118 Elements in the Periodic Table Cards – October 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Cards: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; Crds edition (October 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603761985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603761987
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 5.2 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Theodore Gray is the author of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe; Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Probably Shouldn't; Mad Science 2: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Still Probably Shouldn't; and Popular Science magazine's "Gray Matter" column. With his company Touch Press, Gray is the developer of best-selling iPad and iPhone apps, including The Elements, Solar System, Disney Animated, The Orchestra, The Waste Land, and Skulls by Simon Winchester. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.


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Theodore Gray is the author of Popular Science magazine's "Gray Matter" column, the proprietor of periodictable.com and the creator of the iconic photographic periodic table poster seen in universities, schools, museums and TV shows from "MythBusters" to "Hannah Montana". In his other life he is cofounder of the major software company Wolfram Research, creators of the world's leading technical software system, Mathematica™. He lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

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I love the pictures and the information is easy to read.
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He is fascinated with the periodic table so these were a great tool for him to learn about all the elements.
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I decided to get him the book from the library and buy him the cards.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Surfer Ed on December 14, 2010
Format: Cards Verified Purchase
These cards have a picture of the element(or a picture of something that the element is in)on the front and facts on the back. I was hoping they would be durable enough to use with my 8th grade science students but they are only a little thicker than playing cards and can be bent easily. I also got his book of elements and it's outstanding.

update:

I ended up just using the book with my students since I was afraid they would bend the cards. The book has many colorful pictures and paragraphs of information for each element.

Update 1/30/14

Still use the book that I mentioned above but some of the pages have fallen out. Seems to be cheaply made.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Duvernois TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 30, 2010
Format: Cards
All of the information is from the associated book (The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe) which is also quite a nice coffee table book. Neither the book nor the cards are references exactly, but, as per the title, photographic explorations. Truly for the coffee table, take a look, learn something, pass the book to someone else sort of learning. It's not at all an in-depth reference book.

So much for what it's not, but what does it have? Nice heavy cardstock paper for the cards, mostly excellent photos, including for some of the elements that I would have had a very hard time figuring out what image to use. The use of some of the rare earths in lighting is perhaps overused in the book, but that's a direct result of the even/flat treatment of the element. Iron and nickel rate no more or less space that Yttrium and Ytterbium.

Best for the kids rather than the chemistry major, but fun regardless.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. CALDERON on January 31, 2011
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Good product for highschool chemistry teachers and for students interested in searching information about chemical elements in an easy and ordered way.
Presentation and type of material are good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pellerine on November 3, 2011
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These cards are excellent aids to learning about the elements. Perhaps they could be better, but that will "always" be the case since these are essentially oversized index cards providing basic (yet specific) information on each of the elements. No - they do not have all information, how could they.

I have used them with my daughter playing guessing games. I have used them with my college level classes for engineering students to supplement lessons (i.e. on nuclear power via exposure to information on Plutonium and Uranium). I have enjoyed flipping through them at a glance.

If you find that from time to time your interests/occupation brings you to moments where you need to (of better yet like to) focus attention on the elements as a non-chemist these are a wonderful collection of cards.

Brilliant idea
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Canadianladybug on October 1, 2012
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Ah! Chemistry. I must admit that when I was in high school and then cegep, I had a love/hate relationship with this subject. There were times I really enjoyed it and other times that I didn't understand a thing. I remember clearly having to learn the famous periodic table by heart for a test.

These days, students have nothing to complain when it comes to learning more about the periodic table. Have you did some research lately on books and other items that can be used to learn this. There are great books whether Christian based or not that can be used to learn more about the elements.

Take the Photographic Card Deck of the Elements for example. Oh how much I wish I would have had this product when I was learning my periodic table. It would have helped me quite a bit since I am a visual person. Not only do you get an image of something representing the element but the back of the card contains much information about the element itself.

Take sodium for example. The front of the card show a close-up image of what salt is. and gives the it's atomic symbol and number. The back of the card contains information like the position in the table, the density, the boiling point, the gas range,the solid range, the crystal structure the atomic radius, and all the information attached to it like weight, density and so on. Apparently sodium was discovered in 1807 in England.

Each card is presented the same way as the one about sodium. One of the first cards included in the box contains some activities that can be done with these cards.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Connie S. on June 2, 2011
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We love these cards. They are very colorful and you can flip them over for density, etc. The pictures make the elements much easier to recall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 14, 2011
Format: Cards
The Photographic Card Deck of the Elements is a card set based on five years of photography and offers a complete presentation of all 118 chemical elements, with each card including scientific data and stories about the elements. Key cards and an activity guide makes this a perfect pick for students and teachers alike!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neurasthenic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2011
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These cards have clearly been made with intelligence and passion. They're not great as flashcards, unfortunately, because the elements are identified on both sides. This makes them similarly ineffective for memory games like "concentration." The glossy surface scratches easily, which may be a problem depending on how you plan to use them.
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