The Elements: A Very Short Introduction
This Very Short Introduction traces the history and cultural impact of the elements on humankind, and examines why people have long sought to identify the substances around them. Looking beyond the Periodic Table, the author examines our relationship with matter, from the uncomplicated vision of the Greek philosophers, who believed there were four elements - earth, air, fire, and water - to the work of modern-day scientists in creating elements such as hassium and meitnerium. Packed with anecdotes, The Elements is a highly engaging and entertaining exploration of the fundamental question: what is the world made from? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - waltzmn - LibraryThing
Oh to have been a fly on the wall when this book was pitched. I say that because the title "The Elements" doesn't really tell you much about what the book will contain. How much discussion went into ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BakuDreamer - LibraryThing
Not at all what it says it is. Mostly a colletction of science related trivia, interesting but not really helpful, except for the last chapter, which has some interesting bits about semi-conductors and palladium. Read full review