The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

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Black Dog & Leventhal, 2012 - Science - 240 pages
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The Elements has become an international sensation, with over one million copies in-print worldwide. 

The highly-anticipated paperback edition of The Elements is finally available.

An eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table. 

The elements are what we, and everything around us, are made of. But how many elements has anyone actually seen in pure, uncombined form? The Elements provides this rare opportunity. Based on seven years of research and photography, the pictures in this book make up the most complete, and visually arresting, representation available to the naked eye of every atom in the universe. Organized in order of appearance on the periodic table, each element is represented by a spread that includes a stunning, full-page, full-color photograph that most closely represents it in its purest form. For example, at -183C, oxygen turns from a colorless gas to a beautiful pale blue liquid. 

Also included are fascinating facts, figures, and stories of the elements as well as data on the properties of each, including atomic weight, density, melting and boiling point, valence, electronegativity, and the year and location in which it was discovered. Several additional photographs show each element in slightly altered forms or as used in various practical ways. The element's position on the periodic table is pinpointed on a mini rendering of the table and an illustrated scale of the element's boiling and/or melting points appears on each page along with a density scale that runs along the bottom. 

Packed with interesting information, this combination of solid science and stunning artistic photographs is the perfect gift book for every sentient creature in the universe.

Includes a tear-out poster of Theodore Gray's iconic Photographic Periodic Table!

  

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"The Elements". . .Atomic pizzazz

User Review  - spurthigh - Overstock.com

Outstanding effort - gorgeous composition. Filled w/ bold & colorful imagery - plus technical & fun fact support. Thoroughly appeals to my strong, scientific & detailed nature - my individual, Mineral (zinc + calcium + etc.) supplements take on a new light..! ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

A beautiful book, illustrated with amazing photographs, and peppered with Theodore Gray's curmudgeonly commentary (a drinking game that counted every time he says something snide about incandescent ... Read full review

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Contents

How the Periodic Table Got Its Shape
Elemental Everything you need to know Nothing you dont
The Joy of Element Collecting
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Theodore Gray is the author of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe; Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Probably Shouldn't; Mad Science 2: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Still Probably Shouldn't; and Popular Science magazine's "Gray Matter" column. With his company Touch Press, Gray is the developer of best-selling iPad and iPhone apps, including The Elements, Solar System, Disney Animated, The Orchestra, The Waste Land, and Skulls by Simon Winchester. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Nick Mann is the photographer of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Aside from having photographed more elements and compounds than probably anyone in the world, he is an accomplished landscape, sports, and event photographer. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.

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