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

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Beautiful and informative, surprising and smart, The Elements will appeal to your inner geek (even if you didn't know you had one). With unique stories, bizarre facts, and dazzling photographs of the 118 elements in the periodic table, this book will charm and delight anyone interested in science.
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The Elements has become an international sensation, with over one million copies in-print worldwide.

An eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table.

The elements are what we, and everything around us, are made of. But how many elements has anyone actually seen in pure, uncombined form? The Elements provides this rare opportunity. Based on seven years of research and photography, the pictures in this book make up the most complete, and visually arresting, representation available to the naked eye of every atom in the universe. Organized in order of appearance on the periodic table, each element is represented by a spread that includes a stunning, full-page, full-color photograph that most closely represents it in its purest form. For example, at -183°C, oxygen turns from a colorless gas to a beautiful pale blue liquid.

Also included are fascinating facts, figures, and stories of the elements as well as data on the properties of each, including atomic weight, density, melting and boiling point, valence, electronegativity, and the year and location in which it was discovered. Several additional photographs show each element in slightly altered forms or as used in various practical ways. The element's position on the periodic table is pinpointed on a mini rendering of the table and an illustrated scale of the element's boiling and/or melting points appears on each page along with a density scale that runs along the bottom.

Packed with interesting information, this combination of solid science and stunning artistic photographs is the perfect gift book for every sentient creature in the universe.

Includes a tear-out poster of Theodore Gray's iconic Photographic Periodic Table!

Book News Annotation:

Engaging text and photographs vividly showcase each element of the periodic table, offering a heightened sense of the material world to, truly, everyone--from students encountering chemistry in school for the first time to adults with a vague notion of facts learned long ago, to anyone curious and alive to either the aesthetics and the practicalities of "stuff." The photos include a full-page image of the pure element and smaller photos that show how that particular configuration of matter manifests itself in familiar, every-day objects. Gray has a media presence with his science writings; he is also co-founder of the company that created the technical software Mathematica and is a charming interpreter of the sciences for a general audience. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Based on five years of research and photography, the pictures in this book make up an eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table.

Synopsis:

The Elements has become an international sensation, with over one million copies in-print worldwide.

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About the Author

Theodore Gray is the author of Popular Science magazine's "Gray Matter" column, the proprietor of periodictable.com and the creator of the iconic photographic periodic table poster seen in universities, schools, museums and TV shows from "MythBusters" to "Hannah Montana".  In his other life he is cofounder of the major software company Wolfram Research, creators of the world's leading technical software system, Mathematica™. He lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

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a mind blowing book no words to say. not read such book in my life
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Yes! Finally we get to the source of where things belong! What a great way to appreciate our earth that much more. We are so far removed from where things come from. It is no surprise that we take 'things' for granted!

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781579128142
Author:
Gray, Theodore
Publisher:
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Photographer:
Gray, Theodore Gray
Photographer:
Mann, Nick
Author:
Theodore Gray,
Author:
Mann, Nick
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
Periodic law
Subject:
Chemical elements
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
10 x 10 x 0.69 in 2.38 lb

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Product details 240 pages Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - English 9781579128142 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Beautiful and informative, surprising and smart, The Elements will appeal to your inner geek (even if you didn't know you had one). With unique stories, bizarre facts, and dazzling photographs of the 118 elements in the periodic table, this book will charm and delight anyone interested in science.

"Synopsis" by , Based on five years of research and photography, the pictures in this book make up an eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table.
"Synopsis" by , The Elements has become an international sensation, with over one million copies in-print worldwide.
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