Written in an informal, student-friendly style, Diverse Atoms surveys the surveys the properties of all the chemical elements in order of atomic number. This approach emphasizes chemical individuality and the effect of electron configuration on chemical behaviour. Each entry comprises adescription of the element, its uses and biological roles and provides glimpses of contemporary and future research activity. Revision summaries are provided for each element and all new concepts are explained as they are encountered. The text is generously supported by data, equations and diagramsthroughout.