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Theodore Gray's Elements Vault: Treasures of the Periodic Table with Removable Archival Documents, a Model Pop-Up Atom, a Poster, and Real Element Samplesby Theodore Gray and Nick Mann and Simon Quellen Field
Synopses & Reviews
The exploration of the elements continues! Theodore Gray's Elements Vault builds on Gray's best-selling book with all new text, plus removable historic letters and other artifacts and collectible samples of real elements The Elements Vault picks up where The Elements left off. Organized into the nine major groups of the periodic table, including the alkali metals, the alkali earth metals, the transition metals, the nonmetals, the metalloids, the halogens, the noble gases, the actinides, and the lanthanides, Elements Vault includes all new text, new photographs, and even more information about the elements. Elements Vault also includes 20 removable historic documents related to the elements and the field of chemistry, such as Einstein's famous letter to Roosevelt explaining the potential of uranium for use in nuclear weapons, a genuine advertisement for lithium-laced 7UP soda, Mendeleev's original notes on the periodic table, and more. Each of these documents is individually packaged in an envelope attached to the book page. The document can be removed and handled and then put back into the book for safekeeping. Also here is a gorgeous 20" x 10" poster of the unique rainbow spectrum emitted by each element in the periodic table.
Also included inside the book are real samples of pure elements!
Filled with Theo Gray's and Nick Mann's trademark stunning photography throughout, Elements Vault is the perfect addition to Gray's growing series of all-things-elements.
Book News Annotation:
Here's an unusual interactive book; that is, although there are no mouse clicks involved, readers have all sorts of opportunities to remove items from envelopes--for example, vintage postcards, pages of text, silly putty, and, yes, a small sheet of gold leaf. Each element is described in text and illustrated in its raw form and in examples of everyday objects in which it's used. Gray builds on and extends his previous work The Elements to include more photos and more information about the periodic table. The volume comes in its own slipcase and measures 12.5x10.75". Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Theodore Gray is the author of the bestselling The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe and Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home, But Probably Shouldn't, and of Popular Science magazine's "Gray Matter" column. He is the proprietor of periodictable.com. He is also cofounder of Wolfram Research, creators of the world's leading technical software system, Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha. With his company Touch Press, Gray is the developer of the bestselling iPad and iPhone ebook app, The Elements: A Visual Exploration and Solar System, also published in print by Black Dog & Leventhal. He lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Nick Mann is a freelance photographer working in Central Illinois. Aside from having photographed more elements than probably anyone in the world, he is an accomplished landscape, sports, and event photographer.
Simon Quellen Field is the author of five books on general science and chemistry, two on computing, and four novels (so far). He is the president and CEO of Kinetic Microscience, where he designs scientific toys and sells them on the website scitoys.com.
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