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Published: 25 August 2011

710 Pages | Four black and white figures, and numerous tables


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

New to this Edition:

  • 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