The Elements

The Elements

A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

Book - 2009
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With more than 1 million copies sold worldwide, The Elements is the most entertaining, comprehensive, and visually arresting book on all 118 elements in the periodic table.


Includes a poster of Theodore Gray's iconic photographic periodic table of the elements!

Based on seven years of research and photography by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann, The Elements presents the most complete and visually arresting representation available to the naked eye of every atom in the universe. Organized sequentially by atomic number, every element is represented by a big beautiful photograph that most closely represents it in its purest form. Several additional photographs show each element in slightly altered forms or as used in various practical ways. Also included are fascinating stories of the elements, as well as data on the properties of each, including atomic number, atomic symbol, atomic weight, density, atomic radius, as well as scales for electron filling order, state of matter, and an atomic emission spectrum.
This of solid science and stunning artistic photographs is the perfect gift book for every sentient creature in the universe.

Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, c2009.
ISBN: 9781579128142
1579128149
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill. (some col.), charts ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mann, Nick

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apollospacefan Oct 20, 2018

Talk about files directly from a living, breathing mad scientist's collection!

A quote from his website says it all:
"My most elaborate personal obsession has resulted in a website (periodictable.com), the books (The Elements, Molecules, and Reactions) with about a million and a half c... Read More »


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apollospacefan Oct 20, 2018

Talk about files directly from a living, breathing mad scientist's collection!

A quote from his website says it all:
"My most elaborate personal obsession has resulted in a website (periodictable.com), the books (The Elements, Molecules, and Reactions) with about a million and a half copies in print and millions more in App form, a Popular Science magazine column that ran for ten years, and numerous spinoff products including posters, card decks, puzzles, and so on. All of which started from a misunderstanding."

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ryner
Jul 25, 2018

My eight-year-old daughter and I read this aloud cover to cover at bedtime over the course of a month or so. The author is passionate about elements (and element collecting!), and he presents each of them to the reader as though introducing an interesting friend or acquaintance. We learned a lot and have newfound respect for these mighty building blocks of matter.

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ggggxu
Nov 29, 2016

Visually stunning and great information

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copperscroll
Sep 08, 2016

beautiful photos, concise descriptions of Elements from the Periodic Table. I was pleasantly surprised with the tongue in cheek humor / hubris of the author. His writing of the cause & analysis of the chemical compounds in some cases is lol. I peruse the picture book at night before bed; I feel like I'm learning something about chemistry w/o being forced to understand chemistry.

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mammothhawk229e
Jun 19, 2016

Great substitute given many elements fatal to humans.

dragonrabbit Aug 07, 2015

Excellent book! Great photographs and information (and a touch of humor) on all of the elements, The author's website on the Periodic Table is also worth looking at.

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wilbur2010
Jun 15, 2013

I can't say I've ever been interested in elements whatsoever, but this book stood out to me on the science shelves and I'm glad I picked it up. Really gives a good, enjoyable rundown of what existence is made of.

jcharmed Oct 19, 2012

great pictures and just enough information to get my son a 99 on his elements project.

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rex8208
Dec 30, 2011

This shows whatever you need to know about the basics of elements

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worldpeace
Nov 30, 2011

I didn't get to finish this book because when I went renew this there were holds for it!!!!!!!!! so I put another hold on it. THIS BOOK IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOR LEARNING THE PERIODIC TABLE ESSPECIALLY IF YOUR JUST STARTIN TO LEARN IT LIKE MEEEE.

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