The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe Hardcover – 1 Jan 2011
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"I don't know if this is the first coffee-table book paying lush photographic homage to the periodic table, but it is certainly the most gorgeous one I've seen." --John Tierney, --The New York Times
About the Author
Theodore Gray (Author)
Theodore Gray is the author of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe; Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Probably Shouldn't; Mad Science 2: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Still Probably Shouldn't; and Popular Science magazine's 'Gray Matter' column. With his company Touch Press, Gray is the developer of best-selling iPad and iPhone apps, including The Elements, Solar System, Disney Animated, The Orchestra, The Waste Land, and Skulls by Simon Winchester. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.Theodore Gray is the author of the bestselling book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe and Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Probably Shouldn't. He is the author of Popular Science magazine's monthly column, 'Gray Matter' and the proprietor of periodictable.com. He is also cofounder of Touch Press, an ebook company that is defining the future of publishing, and the cofounder of Wolfram Research, creators of the world's leading technical software system, Mathematica© and Wolfram ? AlphaT. He lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.
Nick Mann (Author)
Nick Mann is the photographer of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Aside from having photographed more elements and compounds than probably anyone in the world, he is an accomplished landscape, sports, and event photographer. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.
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This is where books like 'The Elements' come in handy. Theodore Gray has done a superb job of making a fascinating subject digestible to those who do not necessarily understand the academic side of chemistry. His book is packed with eye-catching pictures and humorous descriptions. This is a book which is, of course, very light on actual science, but then it's not intended as a technical manual.
One thing I would add is that, given the very large number of photos in the book, the text is inevitably limited. One occasionally has the impression of reading a picture book. This, however, is not a criticism, since many of the photos are interesting and help the reader to retain information by presenting a visual cue.
A good counter-balance to this unabashed visual feast would be John Emsley's far more sober 'Nature's Building Blocks', which has no pictures but instead concentrates on a richer description of each element along with a historical context which is lacking in this volume. One thing I prefer about 'The Elements' is that it proceeds according to the order of the periodic table, beginning with hydrogen and going from there. Emsley's book takes an encyclopaedic approach and begins with actinium.
In conclusion, 'The Elements' is a satisfying book which contains just enough information to retain the interest of an experienced chemistry student whilst all the time remaining entirely accessible to an amateur. Highly recommended.
Excellent compliment to the building blocks of life which is also by the same author.
Our 8-year old refers to it often and it will be put into good use for many years. This book is practical and serves as his own coach that takes him by hand to explore every known atom in the world. When asked what he liked most in the book, he answered "I like Boron the most(5; p22)because it is harder than diamond and you can find it in silly potty." Mr. Gray should be happy to know that "Poor Boron- with a name like that," has finally earned some respect.
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Gorgeous wonderful book. I loved it so much I got it for a present for someone else. Informative and beautiful.Published 1 month ago by Vole
A stunning book that really brings the Periodic Table to life! I just wish they hadn't printed it on such shiny paper which makes it hard to read sometimes.Published 3 months ago by Mr C.
I couldn't imagine that this book, especially as a paperback, could be as good as all of the effusive blurbs promised. Well, I was wrong. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ancient Mariner
This is a great book. I was considering installing the app, but ended up buying the book which, personally, I think it serves better as a reference/educational resource for my... Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Garcia
This is a beautiful, engaging and informative book. This review focuses on the experience of reading the Kindle version. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dev Preston
Bought for my nine year old son who had been showing an interest (inspired by MINECRAFT!) He's really enjoyed reading through this book which is well illustrated with photographs.Published 6 months ago by Frances H.