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Published: 01 October 2011

720 Pages | 4 b/w figures, and numerous tables

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199605637

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Nature's Building Blocks

An A-Z Guide to the Elements

Second Edition

John Emsley

  • An accessible and entertaining A-Z guide to the building blocks of ourselves, the earth, and the Universe
  • Fully revised and updated to include three new named and validated elements, along with a new 'Deadly element' section and 'Economic element' updates
  • Excellent reference source and fascinating 'dip into' read about the elements cited regularly in the news, whether in the context of the environment, our diet, or the world around us
  • Addition of three new named and validated elements: darmstadtium, roetgenium, and copernicium
  • Updates to economic importance and activity of various elements, e.g. Gold and Scandium
  • New uses are described, e.g. helium has new uses such as the helium ion microscope
  • Entries for the toxic elements; mercury, thallium, lead, arsenic, and antimony have been re-written and updated
  • Includes a new section on the 'Deadly element' for those that are dangerously toxic
  • Updated Periodic Table included
  • All element entries brought up-to-date

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