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Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements

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What is the most common element in the universe? Can you name the noble gases? Everything we see around us is made of chemical elements, but most of us know little about them.

Penned by award-winning science writer John Emsley, Nature's Building Blocks explains the what, why and wherefore of the chemical elements. Arranged alphabetically, from Actinium to Zirconium, it is a complete guide to all 115 of those that are currently known, with more extensive coverage of those elements we encounter in our everyday life. The entry on each element reveals where it came from, what role it may have in the human body, and the foods that contain it. There are also sections on its discovery, its part in human health or illness, the uses and misuses to which it is put, and its environmental role. Readers discover that the Earth consists of around 90 elements, some of which are abundant, such as the silicon and oxygen of rocks and soils, while some are so rare that they make gold seem cheap. Our own bodies contain about 30 elements, some in abundance, some in trace amounts; some vital to our health, and some that are positively harmful. A list of the main scientific data, and outline properties, are given for every element and each section ends with an "Element of Surprise," which highlights some unexpected way in which each element influences our everyday life.

Both a reliable reference source and a high browsable account of the elements, Nature's Building Blocks offers a pleasurable tour of the very essence of our material world.

Synopsis:

Aimed at readers with or without a scientific background, this book offers a readable, informative entry on each one of the chemical elements, arranged alphabetically from actinium to zirconium. The entries include details of where the element's name comes from and its role in living things.

About the Author

John Emsley is Science Writer in Residence at the University of Cambridge. Author of the highly popular "Molecule of the Month" column for The Independent and of the book Molecules in an Exhibit, he has received both a Glaxo Award for science writing and the Chemical Industries Association's President's Award for science communication. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

List of elements and numbers

Acknowledgements

Preface

Introduction

The Elements

The History of the Periodic Table

Appendix: The discovery of the elements in chronological order

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198503408
Subtitle:
An A-Z Guide to the Elements
Author:
Emsley, John
Author:
null, John
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
Chemistry
Subject:
Chemical elements
Copyright:
Series Volume:
87
Publication Date:
20030918
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 line illus.
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
5.8 x 9.2 x 1.4 in 1.788 lb

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