World of the Elements: Elements of the World

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 8, 2008 - Science - 118 pages
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You know that you need oxygen to breathe, that neon can glow and chrome shines? But did you know that your cell phone contains arsenic, your spectacles contain rhodium and that the tin pest is not a disease? And can you name just three researchers whom we have to thank for all these results?

Here, Professor Quadbeck-Seeger, a long-serving member of the board at BASF, goes in search of these and other questions. Based on the periodic table, the key reference source for any natural scientist, he explains the criteria that define an element's position in the table and are responsible for its particular characteristics. In a clear and concise manner, he describes for each element the story behind its discovery, its physical and chemical properties as well as its role in our everyday lives. Enriched by a wealth of interesting details, this beautifully designed book in full color represents not only varied reading, but also a treasure trove of surprising facts.

Ideally combined with the "Historical Periodic Table" poster, this book is aimed at younger audiences and is thus particularly suitable for schools, lectures and other courses.
 

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The explanatory illustrations are novel and provide greater clarity than is commonly found.
A more complete overview in such a small package is hard to imagine.
A classic.

Contents

About the Historical Periodic Table and the Chemometer Data and Facts
6
The History of the Atomic Model
16
The Elements of the World Properties Discovery Occurence and Applications
25
Where to from Here?
83
The Elements and Life
84
The Elements in Culture and Language
88
Chemical Olympics
90
Fall of a Winged Word
95
Places of Discovery
99
Periodicity of Atomic Properties
100
Abundance of the Elements percentage atoms
102
World Production of Elements and Raw Materials 2003
104
Nobel Prize Winners
106
Alternative Representations of the Periodic System
107
The Occupation of the Shells and Orbitals of the Elements of the Periodic Table
108
The World of the Elements Literature
109

Water
96
Chronology of the Discovery of the Elements
98
Sources of Photographs
110
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About the author (2008)

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jurgen Quadbeck-Seeger war lange Jahre im Vorstand der BASF AG fur Forschung verantwortlich. Uber 50 Patente tragen seinen Namen. Er ist Honorarprofessor an der Universitat Heidelberg, war Prasident der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Mitglied im Senat der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft und ist Autor mehrerer Bucher.

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