The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into The Land Of The Chemical Elements (Science Masters Series), The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, The Mystery of the Periodic Table (Living History Library), Wonderful Life with the Elements, Dmitri Mendeleyev and the Periodic Table (Uncharted, Unexplored, and Unexplained), Mendeleyev's Dream
"Immediately south of nitrogen is phosphorus, which was first isolated by the distillation and treatment of urine -- an indication of the lengths to which chemists are prepared to go, or perhaps only a sign of the obsessive, scatological origins of their vocation."--P. W. Atkins, The Periodic Kingdom, 1995 *
If you are to introduce the chemical Elements, to your students, in such a delightful way that Mendaleev could ever have imagined, then Japanese artist B. Yorifuji would give you a funny hand. In 1869, the Russian chemist, assembled his Periodic Table, that helped completing the search for the elements, a century later. He arrived at his discovery, while in the process of writing his most vivid chemistry text ever published*, "The Principles of Chemistry," where he made a legacy of the study of elements and development of chemistry.
The accounts of the development of the Periodic Table may differ, but they are all exiting. The periodic table is one of the most profound discoveries of the nineteenth century, serving as a reminder that elements come in families whose members show similar predispositions. Now, the innovative art of Bunpei Yorifuji recreates the, "Wonderful Life with the Elements," an illustrated fun-guide to the periodic table. Each contributor to the periodic table is given a funny character, with different features that indicate different properties of that element.
With almost every element having its share in the graphical representation, indicating how important it is through its participation in the universe's life and progress. Yorifuji's book is a valuable tool to befriend chemistry. Rather than having to memorize a list of the physical properties and chemical facts about each element, the novice student can just look at the element's vivid graphic depiction. Every element's drawing detail is a hint that reminds us of chemistry's mysterious cipher that learners will love through this visual book.
*Dimitri Mendelejeff (: Mendaleev, Periodic table of Elements) was the fourteenth child of a blind teacher in Tobolsk, Siberia. His mother who looked after the big family travelled with him, to Moscow by road, thousands of miles in 19th century Russia. She would not give up but set out to St. Petersburg where she secured him admission to a college at the age of 16, before she died in the same year.In 1887, he dedicated his book on solutions to his mother. Dimitri Mendelejeff wrote,"She instructed by example, corrected with love, and in devoting her son to science she spent her last resources and strength." Now, if this speaks of anything, then nothing less than Divine Humanity, that inspires hope and love.
Mendaleev ended volume 1 of his book with the halogens chlorine, bromine and iodine, within only eight of the then known 63 elements. He started volume 2 discussing the alkali metals, which included sodium, potassium. and lithium group of elements. The alkaline earth metals calcium, barium and strontium were to follow, but he wondered if perhaps the intermediate group of elements including zinc and cadmium which shared some of the alkaline earths' properties were the alternative. Mendeleev attempted first to compare the alkali metals with the intermediate group of zinc and cadmium, but did not dismiss following the alkali metals by the group containing zinc and cadmium.