The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe Kindle Edition
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"I don't know if this is the first coffee-table book paying lush photographic homage to the periodic table, but it is certainly the most gorgeous one I've seen." —John Tierney, The New York Times
"The Elements is a loving reimagination of the classic table." —Wired
"Gray's trademark dry wit and historical anecdotes bring even the most basic lumps to life." —Popular Science
"A great mix of science and art." —Discover
- ASIN : B00NJ8468M
- Publisher : Black Dog & Leventhal (April 3, 2012)
- Publication date : April 3, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 59704 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 241 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #233,404 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Am I a bad mom for reading her present before I give it to her?
I'm only up to Krypton, but the book is great. The author is humorous and smart. His choice of factoids to include about each element are informative and fascinating. The photography is AMAZING.
There are some easily overlooked features along the right edge of each page.
The Atomic Emission Spectrum off each element is shown.
There is a graph that shows the order in which the electron fill the various orbitals. Curiously, Potassium and Calcium filled the 4s orbital before the elements 21 - 28 begin filling the 3d orbital. Then Copper Robs an electron from the already full 4s orbital to complete the 3d orbital! What! Only in that graph would such a phenomenon be noticeable.
The State of Matter shows the temperature that each element changes State. You think ... boring. But if you fan the pages slightly, a pattern is revealed of the increasing and the decreasing melting/boiling points relative to the number of valence electrons. Fascinating!
My only negative is the Bohr's Model of the electrons (located to the right of the Atomic Radius value) on some pages is very small and it is hard to determine where the additional electron was placed.
IMPORTANT: Purchase a pair of white gloves to wear while handling the book. Your Fingerprints are QUITE visible and cannot be removed completely once present. Washing hands prior only works for a very short period of time.
By E. Wainwright on October 29, 2017
We start with a crisp tour through the periodic table and an excellent description of the latest quantum explanations of how electron shells can be best understood. I don't know if you could go from no background whatsoever to an understanding of this topic, but if you have any chemistry/physics background at all then close reading of this several page intro should bring you back up to speed. After that intro you get an explanation of the info-graphs that provide basic data for each element, on each element's page, on electron arrangements, crystal structure, physical characteristics and the like. This is useful and interesting, but not essential material.
The star of the show is the two page treatment of each element, that covers the element's pure form and its most common combined forms. The breezy narrative that sums up each element is entertaining and informative.
The upshot is that this book ends up being the most visually stunning bathroom-coffeetable book, ever. What a happy find.
Top reviews from other countries
Despite my use of a small screen, the images are clean and beautiful, easily zoomed to look at almost all the info in detail. The book certainly benefits from a colour screen - colour coding and representations of actual colours in nature are an integral part of the element descriptions.
Kindle (app) downsides:
-The author describes how the pages of the physical book can be slightly fanned so that the page edges show trends in melting and boiling points, but there is no Kindle equivalent.
-The scales for electron orbital filling are divided into small gradations with small labels. These, and the long, thin colour signature charts, are difficult for me to zoom enough to read well: I simultaneously need to zoom in more to read the detail and zoom out more to get an overview of the chart contents.
- This is a great book to dip in to, or to read in a different order in the one laid out. The bookmark and sync-to-furthest-read options on Kindle don't really help with keeping track with this type of reading, and flicking through to browse is relatively slow with large images to load for each element.
- If your device has little storage space, now might not be the time to download this book.
I recommend this book for anyone with any interest in chemistry, no matter what level of existing knowledge. Do consider if you'd be better with a hard copy.
I bought it for him and he loves it!
When he first got it, he stopped reading other books and even preferred reading this to watching TV.
He would regularly share amazing facts he had read in the book.
Has had it now for several months and I still continues to go back to it occasionally.
Recently pestered me to get him the new companion Molecules book and is hooked on that now too!
They are reasonably sturdy but the surface is very shiny.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2021
They are reasonably sturdy but the surface is very shiny.