The elements A visual exploration of every known atom in the universe

Theodore W. Gray

Book - 2009

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Published
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers c2009.
Language
English
Physical Description
240 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
ISBN
9781579128142
1579128149
Main Author
Theodore W. Gray (-)
Other Authors
Nick Mann (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gray, an element collector and Popular Science columnist, has created a visual homage to the periodic table of the elements. The book begins with an introduction to the arrangement of the periodic table. The first 100 of the elements are each profiled on a two-page spread. The left-hand side of the spread features a large color image of the element in its true form, when possible. The right-hand side includes various images of ways the element appears in the world and explanations of some of the compounds in which it can be found. For example, the Selenium entry includes images of selenium sulfide medicated shampoo, Brazil nuts (which are high in selenium), and a red vase that gets its color from a selenium glaze. Most of the images are items from the author's personal collection. A column running down the right-hand page offers information on the element's location in the periodic table and its atomic weight, density, atomic radius, and crystal structure in addition to charts portraying its electron order filling, atomic emission spectrum, and states of matter at various temperatures. Because of their instability and short half-life, or because they have not yet been discovered, elements 101 through 118 are presented in two groups of nine. The volume concludes with a brief bibliography and an index in addition to a foldout poster of the periodic table. This eye-catching book is certain to appeal to students and casual browsers alike. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Choice Reviews

The Elements by Gray (Popular Science columnist; cofounder, Wolfram Research; creator, The Periodic Table of the Elements , CH, Oct'09, 47-0871) is a beautifully illustrated book that both chemist and nonchemist would find intriguing. It is a catalog in layperson's language of all the "stuff" of which the known universe is composed: elements 1-100, which are characterized, the more stable ones done extensively; elements 101-109, where only a few dozen atoms have been synthesized; and elements 110-118, which "exist" only in a heavy ion accelerator. After a brief tour of the periodic table, including orbitals and electronic structure, there is a two-page presentation of each element as it falls in the periodic table. For example, the first page for carbon contains a full-page picture of a faceted diamond (the element in its pure form). The second page has five short paragraphs of descriptive text, pictures of carbon-containing material (e.g., coal, a steel diamond-embedded disk for grinding, copper-clad graphite welding electrodes), and essential scientific data (position in the periodic table, atomic weight, density, atomic radius, crystal structure, electron order filling, atomic emission spectrum, temperature for the states of matter). A delightful coffee-table book, at a bargain price. Summing Up: Recommended. Chemistry students and general readers. Copyright 2010 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The elements are what we - and everything around us - are made of. But how many elements have you seen in their pure, raw, uncombined form? This book presents photographic representations of the 118 elements in the period table, along with facts, figuresand stories about each one.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Engaging text and photographs vividly showcase each element of the periodic table, offering a heightened sense of the material world to, truly, everyone--from students encountering chemistry in school for the first time to adults with a vague notion of facts learned long ago, to anyone curious and alive to either the aesthetics and the practicalities of "stuff." The photos include a full-page image of the pure element and smaller photos that show how that particular configuration of matter manifests itself in familiar, every-day objects. Gray has a media presence with his science writings; he is also co-founder of the company that created the technical software Mathematica and is a charming interpreter of the sciences for a general audience. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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.