The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1579128142
ISBN-10: 1579128149
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Praise for The Elements:

"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
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Gray, an element collector and Popular Science columnist, has created a visual homage to the periodic table of the elements. The book begins with an introduction to the arrangement of the periodic table. The first 100 of the elements are each profiled on a two-page spread. The left-hand side of the spread features a large color image of the element in its true form, when possible. The right-hand side includes various images of ways the element appears in the world and explanations of some of the compounds in which it can be found. For example, the Selenium entry includes images of selenium sulfide medicated shampoo, Brazil nuts (which are high in selenium), and a red vase that gets its color from a selenium glaze. Most of the images are items from the author�s personal collection. A column running down the right-hand page offers information on the element�s location in the periodic table and its atomic weight, density, atomic radius, and crystal structure in addition to charts portraying its electron order filling, atomic emission spectrum, and states of matter at various temperatures. Because of their instability and short half-life, or because they have not yet been discovered, elements 101 through 118 are presented in two groups of nine. The volume concludes with a brief bibliography and an index in addition to a foldout poster of the periodic table. This eye-catching book is certain to appeal to students and casual browsers alike. --Maren Ostergard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • 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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Each element is beautifully represented on its own
By E. Wainwright on October 29, 2017
We purchased this book as a part of my home schooled high schoolers chemistry curriculum. I had no idea what to expect, but purchased out of necessity. I was BLOWN AWAY! Had I known this existed I would have searched it out. Each element is beautifully represented on its own, and then in incarnations of everyday life. For example" V:Vandium is shown in its natural state, and then as a tool, as vanadium steel is used in many tools found in hardware stores!
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A. Wallis
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by mine craft
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 16, 2015
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Dev Preston
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, perhaps paper version is best.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for kids with an interest in science - seriously!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2017
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Magdalena Sobula
2.0 out of 5 stars Doable but not at all enjoyable
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doable but not at all enjoyable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2021
Unless you want to pit them together, stick in a frame and hang on the wall, I do not recommend. There are areas that are just black AND the pieces fit into many spots equally well. Usually you would start with a frame, bug this one is all black and the bottom turned out 2 pieces longer! The middle is relatively easy, so it would be good to start there and then try to fit all the black pieces around, it's tedious and not enjoyable. Not your usual jigsaw experience, more like try and error...
They are reasonably sturdy but the surface is very shiny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hoping this entertaining resource will yet prove useful while watching University Challenge ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2016
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