Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore GrayElements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray

Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

byTheodore GrayPhotographerNick Mann

Paperback | April 3, 2012

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The Elements has become an international sensation, with over one million copies in-print worldwide.

The highly-anticipated paperback edition of The Elements is finally available.

An eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table.

The elements are what we, and everything around us, are made of. But how many elements has anyone actually seen in pure, uncombined form? The Elements provides this rare opportunity. Based on seven years of research and photography, the pictures in this book make up the most complete, and visually arresting, representation available to the naked eye of every atom in the universe. Organized in order of appearance on the periodic table, each element is represented by a spread that includes a stunning, full-page, full-color photograph that most closely represents it in its purest form. For example, at -183°C, oxygen turns from a colorless gas to a beautiful pale blue liquid.

Also included are fascinating facts, figures, and stories of the elements as well as data on the properties of each, including atomic weight, density, melting and boiling point, valence, electronegativity, and the year and location in which it was discovered. Several additional photographs show each element in slightly altered forms or as used in various practical ways. The element's position on the periodic table is pinpointed on a mini rendering of the table and an illustrated scale of the element's boiling and/or melting points appears on each page along with a density scale that runs along the bottom.

Packed with interesting information, this combination of solid science and stunning artistic photographs is the perfect gift book for every sentient creature in the universe.

Includes a tear-out poster of Theodore Gray's iconic Photographic Periodic Table!
Theodore Gray is the author of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe; Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Probably Shouldn't; Mad Science 2: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Still Probably Shouldn't; and Popular Science magazine's "Gray Matter" column. With his company Touch ...
Title:Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the UniverseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 10.12 × 10.12 × 0.75 inPublished:April 3, 2012Publisher:Running PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1579128955

ISBN - 13:9781579128951

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Informative! I do own this book and I have read it completely. It has 239 pages of every element known to man. Full of amazing pics and facts, I do recommend it!
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! A fun, beautiful coffee-table book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Science! Great for chemistry nerds!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I have found myself showing this book to everyone who walk into my home! It's such a fun, colorful, artistic way to view and learn about the elements, especially compared to how we were taught about them in school (here's a chart, memorize it). Only downfall is that it IS technically outdated now since more have been added to the table. But otherwise, 10/10.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Colourful and eye-opening. What happens when you have to sit through 75 minutes of ramblings in one of your grade 12 class? You borrow this book from your friend and read it, of course. This book had some awesome images and taught me more than that class did. Now don't go on thinking I'm a slacker or anything. I did take down the notes my professor wrote on the board throughout the semester...all ten pages of it. Since I had no phones to read Harry Potter fanfictions or play Bejewelled on *cough Heather and Amy cough*, I borrowed this book from my friend to pass the time. I'm also glad that this book contained lots of pictures and was visually appealing. Being the blind rat who squints at everything, I didn't actually have to stick my face in the book to read it. :)
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent visual presentation of the elements This book is an excellent presentation of the elements by an avid element collector. The book is full of high-quality pictures, showing the elements in both their pure form and their various applications, as well as brief, but good descriptions of their history, uses, and trivia. The author is very passionate about this subject, which makes for an informative, but entertaining read. The book's layout is simple: each of the first 100 elements gets 2 facing pages (4 for more important elements), starting with hydrogen, and going on up. The left-hand page is a full-page image of the element in pure or very close to pure form, and the right-hand page contains the text describing the element, as well as several pictures of devices that are made up the element. Often these are pictures of the thousands of things that the author has collected for his element collection over the years. For the more important or more interesting elements, there are an additional 2 pages of photos. All of the elements also include diagrams showing their crystal structure, electron orbitals, and melting and freezing points, and other important information. Elements 101-118 have shorter information sections and no pictures because there is very little relevant information about them. Overall, this is a very high-quality book. It’s well-written (I don’t remember seeing any spelling or grammar mistakes); the pictures are well-taken, have good lighting, and are high resolution; the book is made of thick, strong paper; and the ink and print quality is among the best. This book is excellent light reading and is a perfect coffee table book. Each element’s section is short enough that it can be read in a minute or two, so it’s great to have around for people to look at when they come over. Also, it’s very non-technical, so almost anyone can read it. I’d recommend this book to pretty much everyone, especially those with an interest in science and chemistry.
Date published: 2011-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Elementally Essential If you are a chemistry student or teacher, this book will allow you to see all the elements in a very different way. Packed with amazing photos of every element and info about their properties and use, this book is perfect for the average reader who is curious about the elements that make up our world.
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific find! both of my kids (age 11 and 13) have spent hours pouring over this book. They are amazed to find out what makes up things they see in their day to day life! We will be looking for more books from Theodore Gray
Date published: 2010-02-17

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Elements:"I don't know if this is the first coffee-table book paying lush photographic homage to the periodic table, but it is certainly the most gorgeous one I've seen." —John Tierney, The New York Times "The Elements is a loving reimagination of the classic table." —Wired "Gray's trademark dry wit and historical anecdotes bring even the most basic lumps to life." —Popular Science "A great mix of science and art." —Discover