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Published: 08 April 2004

192 Pages | numerous halftones & line drawings


ISBN: 9780192840998

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The Elements: A Very Short Introduction

Philip Ball

Very Short Introductions

  • 'A delight of a book.... Elegantly's far-reaching, entertaining and salted with anecdote.... It could become a classic. Hold on to your first edition.' Roy Herbert, New Scientist.
  • An engaging chronology of the elements, from the Greek philosophers who thought the world was made only from earth, air, fire, and water, to the work of twentieth-century radiochemistry in extending the Periodic Table.
  • An exciting and non-traditional approach to understanding the terminology, properties, and classification of chemical elements.
  • Includes chapters on particular elements (gold, iron, oxygen, etc), showing how they shaped culture and technology.
  • Philip Ball is a high-profile science writer, who writes science extremely well for non-scientists.