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The Periodic Table: An Indispensable Guide to the Elements
 
 

The Periodic Table: An Indispensable Guide to the Elements [Kindle Edition]

Paul Parsons , Gail Dixon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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As one of the most recognizable images in science, the periodic table is ingrained in our culture. First drawn up in 1869 by Dmitri Mendeleev, its 118 elements make up not only everything on our planet but also everything in the entire universe.

The Periodic Table looks at the fascinating story and surprising uses of each of those elements, whether solid, liquid or gas. From the little-known uses of gold in medicine to the development of the hydrogen bomb, each entry is accompanied by technical data (category, atomic number, weight, boiling point) presented in easy-to-read headers, and a colour-coding system that helps the reader to navigate through the different groups of elements.

A remarkable display of thought-provoking science and beautiful photography, this guide will allow the reader to discover the world afresh.

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The indispensable guide to the building blocks of the universe. The periodic table of the elements is one of the most significant breakthroughs in modern science. Yet how many of us actually know how to interpret its distinctive design? And what does it unique arrangement tell us of the behaviour of each element in the world around us? With striking photographs showcasing the exquisite purity of the elements in their raw state, The Periodic Table reveals the surprising characteristics and wide-ranging uses of the pure components that together make up everything in the entire universe.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Loz
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An interesting read with a page of interesting facts about each element. Along with a picture of each element, it makes it easier to become familiar and remember them. I bought it for my son but he's got to prise it off me first!
It also covers technical facts, how it was discovered, how it was named, where it's used. i.e. Gallium can be formed into a spoon which melts when used to stir tea. Arsenic was used in the 19th century as a wallpaper dye. (Don't try these at home though).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great go-to book 21 Aug 2013
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Really accessible, beautifully illustrated book which provides a dip-in approach to the periodic table. Liked the dual science / anecdotal take on this subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative but with errors 13 Dec 2013
By GLF
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A very interesting book for the would-be chemist or armchair scientist. Each element gets the same treatment - history of discovery, main uses and interesting facts. Who knew smoke detectors use americium which is more radioactive than weapons-grade plutonium?

However I did spot quite a number of contradictions in the text i.e. the main entry for gold notes the largest nugget was 112kg but the text below the accompanying image states the largest nugget weighed 78kg. There are a number of similar errors dotted throughout the book which annoyed me a bit but didn't detract too much from the overall pleasure. Perhaps the author just wants to see if you're paying attention...

Minus one star for the errors - now write out "I must proof-read my work" one hundred times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference book 6 Feb 2014
By MMcG
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Packed with interesting details including historical facts, etymology and latest developments on each element. Not too technical for the lay reader. A powerhouse of information bound to be a hit with anyone who has an interest in chemistry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have 29 Jun 2014
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I used to struggle with chemistry because I never understood the periodic table. Now I want to go back to school to study medicine and I think the periodic table is the holy grail of chemistry. The book has pictures and photographic illustration of each element of the periodic table. The explanation is very clear and concise. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to score in chemistry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know! 6 May 2014
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This is an excellent book. Each element has 3 to 4 pages of useful and interesting information about each element. From when and who discovered it, to it's properties and uses today. I found this book a great read and well written. Useful for both a starter, and fascinating for a more experienced person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Periodic Table 27 Feb 2014
By Rebecca
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Book arrived promptly and was well packaged. Very interesting and easy to understand. Lots of clear bright pictures. Would highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting 26 Feb 2014
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great source of info for a numerous amount of known and even unknown substances, bought as a gift but I like it too
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book, very clear and helpful
Published 10 days ago by Simonne Mayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Every element explained.
An excellent book that describes what each element is and what it is or can be used for. Scientific laymans book. I saw this in Waterstones so got it from Amazon cheaper. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars and loads more you haven't --- nothing really in-depth here and a...
Interesting snippets of information about all those elements you have heard about, and loads more you haven't --- nothing really in-depth here and a little repetitive but as a book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by PlugglyUK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This product is great, my son has not put it down since we purchased it.
Published 2 months ago by Heighington C E Primary School
4.0 out of 5 stars The periodic table an indispensable guide to the elements
Easy to use reference book, well written, informative and fun. If you've ever wanted to know what the world is made of , this is the book for you.
Published 2 months ago by russell david milton
3.0 out of 5 stars fuzzy diagram
I'm running a Kindle app on a Samsung tablet. When you double click on a picture, in the app, you can use the reverse pinch gesture to magnify the image. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A readable introduction to the elements with the odd discrepancy
This is a good intro to the elements in the table, though I did notice at least one error (the section on chromium says that emeralds are corundum, despite the fact that the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Steve Lloyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Stuff
Having studied chemistry at degree level I was attracted to the idea of this book and it is not for everyone, That said it gives a very readable account of every known (to date)... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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