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Elementary

The Periodic Table Explained

Extent: 192pages

Size: 198x129mm

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Price: £9.99

ISBN: 9781789291025

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

The periodic table, created in the early 1860s by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, is one of the most extraordinary advances in modern chemistry. This basic visual aid helped scientists to gain a deeper understanding of what chemical elements really were: and, astonishingly, it also correctly predicted the properties of elements that hadn’t been discovered at the time.

Here, in the authoritative Elementary, James Russell uses his lively, accessible and engaging narrative to tell the story behind all the elements we now know about. From learning about the creation of the first three elements, hydrogen, lithium and helium, in the big bang, through to oxygen and carbon, which sustain life on earth – along with the many weird and wonderful uses of elements as varied as fluorine, arsenic, krypton and einsteinium – even the most unscientifically-minded will be enthralled by this fascinating subject. With the help of illustrations and photographs throughout, Russell compellingly details these most basic building blocks of the universe, and the people who identified, isolated and even created them.

About the Author

James M. Russell has a philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, a post-graduate qualification in critical theory, and has taught at the Open University in the UK. He currently works as a freelance writer, designer and editor. He is the author of A Brief Guide to Philosophical Classics, A Brief Guide to Spiritual Classics and A Traveller's Guide to Infinity. He lives in north London with his wife, daughter and two cats.