A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
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The elements are what we, and everything around us, are made of. But how many elements has anyone actually seen in pure, uncombined form? Theo Gray’s The Elements provides this rare opportunity. Based on five 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, pictured here.
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. Each element’s position on the periodic table is pinpointed on a mini rendering of the table and an illustrated scale of its boiling and/or melting points appears on each page along with a density scale that runs along the bottom.
Packed with interesting information, The Elements is a combination of solid science and stunning artistic photography.
Hardcover Book : 240 pages
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publ. ( October 01, 2009 )
Item #: 12-772457
Product Dimensions: 10.0 x 10.0 inches
Product Weight: 49.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This book was a great read. It was presented in such an interesting manner, a real work of art even if in a chemical mode. I enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it to anyone interested in chemical elements.
Reviewer: Douglas M
Lots of neat information about each element. Doesn't get too deep, but gives enough to entice you to look further if you want. My biggest complaint is the lack of a table of contents (of sorts) to allow you to quickly look up a particular element by page number, since most folks do not have the order of the elements in the periodic table memorized.
Reviewer: Russ O
Some very nice graphics but white text on a black background puts a real strain on the eyes for the reader. Making the text easy to read should be a primary objective.
Reviewer: Tom B
The Elements lived up to high expectations. It is a unique approach to chemistry and makes the periodic table captivating in a way I wouldn't have thought possible. It is one of the most beautiful books I have owned.
Reviewer: Bill G
This book was everything I expected and then some. This rather complete treatment of such a fundamental topic will land it on my reference shelf and be heavily used from now on. Many thanks.
Reviewer: Dennis W