Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 October 2019

184 Pages | 15 black and white line drawings

6.9 x 4.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198842323

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The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Eric R. Scerri

Very Short Introductions

  • Considers the fundamental nature of the periodic table to the physical sciences
  • Celebrates the completion of the seventh period of the table, with the ratification and naming of elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 as nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson
  • Incorporates new material on recent advances in our understanding of the origin of the elements
  • Considers developments since the first edition concerning group three of the periodic table
  • Touches on key ideas about both early atomic theory and quantum mechanics, showing how they have proved key to the meaning of the table
  • Explores the history of the discovery of trends among elements, the construction of various forms of the table, and the growth of understanding of its meaning
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide