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The Elements: A Very Short Introduction
The Elements: A Very Short Introduction
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About the Book

This Very Short Introduction is an exciting and non-traditional approach to understanding the terminology, properties, and classification of chemical elements. It traces the history and cultural impact of the elements on humankind, and examines why people have long sought to identify the
substances around them. The book includes chapters on particular elements such as gold, iron, and oxygen, showing how they shaped culture and technology. Looking beyond the Periodic Table, the author examines our relationship with matter, from the uncomplicated vision of the Greek philosophers, who
believed there were four elements--earth, air, fire, and water--to the work of modern-day scientists in creating elements such as hassium and meitnerium. Packed with anecdotes, The Elements is a highly engaging and entertaining exploration of the fundamental question: what is the world made from?

About the Author:
Philip Ball is a science writer and a consultant editor for Nature and the author of Designing the Molecular World, The Self-Made Tapestry, H20: A Biography of Water, and Stories of the Invisible: A Guided Tour of Molecules.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780192840998
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Depth: 13
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 11 mm
  • Weight: 170 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0192840991
  • Publisher Date: 07 Oct 2004
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 175 mm
  • No of Pages: 186
  • Series Title: Very Short Introductions
  • Sub Title: A Very Short Introduction
  • Width: 111 mm


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