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Basher Science: The Periodic Table: New Expanded Edition Paperback – 18 Apr 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Age Range: 11 - 16 years
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (18 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753433893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753433898
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the look is punchy, immediate and effective. The content is
equally gripping." -- The Guardian

"An engrossing read and an ideal way to painlessly impart a great
deal of science history." -- New Scientist

"I love science... It's great to see a book making it accessible... Science should be fun."
-- Damien Hirst

"This blending of science and art is pure genius. No budding
chemist should be seen without this vital accessory." -- www.writeaway.org.uk

"This illustrated pocket-sized guide is a creative bombshell and
will transform the way you think." -- TES --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Bringing together science, personal ads and Manga – it is the Periodic Table as never seen before!

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Although the previous reviewer is correct in saying that not all the elements were represented in this book - I think this is not the point of the book.....Some elements, as I'm sure he is aware, have only been detected for millonths of a second - so writing much about them might, at this level, be a bit tough! I thought it was a wonderfully attractive book that breathed some new life into this subject - it was an excellent idea to give each of the elements a "personality"; and the text, on the whole, was witty and entertaining and accurate!
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This is how Science is supposed to be - FUN!
The book is accurate and covers everything a young mind would need to know about the elements and the little poster that comes with it (not shown here but is folded up in the back of the bok) is AMAZING!
I have scoured the internet for a periodic table for my son, and they come in many shapes and sizes but htis one is ideal as the colourful cartoon characters each element is given are represented on the chart too and he is really keen to learn all about them!
The book is written in the first person for each element and several interesting facts are given for each element as well as the important scientific data in easy to refer to bullet point form at the top of every page.
The elements are grouped correctly and each group has its own title page with description of the main features of each group (i.e. what makes the group what it is and how to identify elements that belong to that group)
the book is smaller than I thought but that just makes it even more accesible and the text is a good size, not too big, yet big enough to keep small eyes glued to the page.
I am now on the hunt to see if Kingfisher have published any more science books in this style as I want them all
Also an ideal read for Adults trying to pick up Science again after many years ( like me)
Super - really worth the money, and mine was delivered in 2 days.

OK - so its not for chemistry A-level or above, but anything below that level is sure to love it and to behonest I am thrilled that the book has given my son of 9 a chance to access the periodic table and that I won't all be far too tedious for him when he gets into Chemistry more later - he'll be one up on his classmates.
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I bought this and the others in the series for my 10 and 12 yr old. I thought that since they're at the starting secondary school age it would help them.

My kids are absolutely sold on them - even fight over them! My son was able to correct his teacher in school over something she was teaching them about Calcium and the teacher had to go away and research it, then came back and gave my boy a sticker for knowing better than her!

Each element is presented in a 'swap card' style (similar to football cards, top trumps, etc) page and presents really fascinating and memorable information, they are colour coded and such like for aid of memory. Really cool. Makes science fun.
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Who said chemistry had to be boring? (I'm sure no one has ever said this, but someone sure forgot to tell my science teacher!) Basher and Adrian Dingle have come together to create an entertaining and valuable resource for students with their version of the 111 elements.

Whether you're studying chemistry in school right now or not, you're sure to get a kick out of the full-color illustrations inside the pages of this book. Plus, you might actually learn something, as each element is fully described in detail: the name, its symbol, its atomic number, its atomic weight, its color, its standard state, and its classification.

The elements are also broken down into eleven separate categories, including the Alkali Metals, the Transition Elements, the Boron Elements, the Carbon Elements, the Nitrogen Elements, the Oxygen Elements, the Halogen Elements, the Noble Gases, the Lanthanides and Actinides, and the Transactinides.

This is the perfect, easy-to-use reference guide for people of all ages, and the included poster can easily be used for an educating, stylish decorating tool. Who knew elements could be so interesting??

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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My daughter has loved this since we gave it to her when she was about 7 - it has been re-read countless times. Whether it will inspire her long-term remains to be seen, and as someone who myself gave up chemistry at the first available oportunity, I'm not in a position to judge whether the knowledge contained therein is any good. I do know that she lovs it, though, so hopefully this book will set off on the right track, so that she ends up rather more knowledgeable than her mother.

5 stars for appealing massively to my daughter from the age of 7, when she got it, to now (age 10), when it is still in favour.
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My 12 year old son picked this up and read in from front to back in preference to playing computer games - says it all, really! He adored it, but was slightly upset that not all elements were represented. I suggested it would have made it too large and not in the excellent 'pocket book' category, but he is correct that it is not only the wierd and wonderful elements that are missing but some basic ones too. Any chance of a 'Periodic Table Book 2' to fill in some gaps?
The subsequent 'Physics: Why Matter Matters' is even better and we can't wait for the Biology one in Oct 2008. Hope the series keeps going!
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