- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 25 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 22 May 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CXUI9XU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Nature's Building Blocks : An A-Z Guide to the Elements Audio Download – Unabridged
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
An idea for the next edition: A miniature version of the periodic table showing the position of the element in question would be greatly appreciated; this would avoid the tedious task of referring to the back pages and would help with the learning process.
There are also appendices on the periodic table, its development, basic atomic structure and a chronology of the discovery of the elements.
It actually makes very interesting reading and is one of those books that is equally good as a basic work of reference but can also be picked up and dipped into at any time. A welcome addition to my bookshelf!
There are only two tiny misgivings for me: knowledge of these pure lumps, pools and puffs of matter must always include physical or sensory experience wherever possible. In most cases the Author writes about such aspects but in a scattered and occasionally deficient way.
For example, he mentions the bluish tinge of Chromium or Zinc but omits this observation in the case of the equally beautiful Osmium, Vanadium or even Gallium (greenish blue) and what about the greenish gold suffusion in most of the rare earth metals (with some notable exceptions)? Comparisons between pure and minimally tarnished metal samples reveal a subtle but extensive range of hues. Compared to the neutral shine of Aluminium: Tin and even Silver are noticeably more yellow.
Odours, particularly of gases but also solid or liquid elements, would be worth examining and placing in context; even if there is a familiarity - as in the Halogens. Ozone also has a characteristic smell; presumably that (not fluorides) is what we detect in treated mains water. I draw a line before taste and touch, unless common perceptions are accessible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is fantastic for the casual and ardent chemist, as a light read or a longer study. It sits with pride in my classroom and ventures out frequently in lessons for random... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Fairclough
Unfortunately I was really disappointed with this. I bought this after reading a recommendation in Theodore Gray's 'The Elements' (which is a great book). Read morePublished 6 months ago by muse1
Great, great, great if I didn't think so I would not give it 5 stars.Published 21 months ago by Mr. Rodney Walker
This book is such an interesting read. I read it through the first time shortly after I bought it - not alphabetically but in order of atomic number, and am now reading it the... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2014 by Cornishpasty