- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579128955
- ISBN-13: 978-1579128951
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 871 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,973 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.
Nick Mann is the photographer of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Aside from having photographed more elements and compounds than probably anyone in the world, he is an accomplished landscape, sports, and event photographer. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.
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Am I a bad mom for reading her present before I give it to her?
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.