Cracking the Elements contains 320 pages, crammed with fascinating information. It is beautifully presented in a compact square format and printed on high quality matt paper. The book is written in a most accessible manner with the "light touch" i.e. easy to understand and very accessible. Yet it contains much profound knowledge which is brilliantly exposed via writing and illustrations. There are over 1000 images: photographs, illustrations and diagrams - each and every one a jewel in its own right The history of the development of the atom and subsequently the history of the Periodic Table, is explained and illustrated. The author draws on her huge wealth of interdisciplinary knowledge, which includes history of science and technology, personal anecdotes, geography, geology, biology, physics. This approach makes for compulsive and interesting reading. For every element there is a concisely presented story. No two elements and no two stories are the same! Cracking the elements constitutes a superb resource for science teachers and for anyone, including children, who wishes to broaden their horizons in science. It will be of particular interest to GCSE and A level pupils, greatly enhancing their knowledge and understanding of chemistry and the story behind it. Highly recommended!