The periodic kingdom: a journey into the land of the chemical elements

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BasicBooks, 1995 - Science - 161 pages
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Come on a journey into the heart of matter-and enjoy the process!-as a brilliant scientist and entertaining tour guide takes you on a fascinating voyage through the Periodic Kingdom, the world of the elements. The periodic table, your map for this trip, is the most important concept in chemistry. It hangs in classrooms and labs throughout the world, providing support for students, suggesting new avenues of research for professionals, succinctly organizing the whole of chemistry. The one hundred or so elements listed in the table make up everything in the universe, from microscopic organisms to distant planets. Just how does the periodic table help us make sense of the world around us? Using vivid imagery, ingenious analogies, and liberal doses of humor P. W. Atkins answers this question. He shows us that the Periodic Kingdom is a systematic place. Detailing the geography, history and governing institutions of this imaginary landscape, he demonstrates how physical similarities can point to deeper affinities, and how the location of an element can be used to predict its properties. Here's an opportunity to discover a rich kingdom of the imagination kingdom of which our own world is a manifestation.

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Review: The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into The Land Of The Chemical Elements (Science Masters Series)

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

This book is about the periodic table. Its approach is poetic rather pedantic. Professor Atkins has written textbooks in nearly every field of chemistry. He uses metaphor of a geographic region to ... Read full review

Review: The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into The Land Of The Chemical Elements (Science Masters Series)

User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

I am not sure what the book would give for a non-initiate, but I myself am a chemist and found the book to be rather shallow. I hoped it would explain the table of the chemical elements in a more fun way. As it is, I found it did not succeed very well. Read full review


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About the author (1995)

P. W. Atkins is a university lecturer in physical chemistry at the University of Oxford and a fellow and tutor at Lincoln College, Oxford.

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