Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything by Theodore GrayMolecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything by Theodore Gray

Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything

byTheodore GrayPhotographed byNick Mann

Hardcover | October 15, 2014

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In his highly anticipated sequel toThe Elements, Theodore Gray demonstrates how the elements of the periodic table combine to form the molecules that make up our world.

Everything physical is made up of the elements and the infinite variety of molecules they form when they combine with each other. InMolecules, Theodore Gray takes the next step in the grand story that began with the periodic table in his best-selling book,The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Here, he explores through fascinating stories and trademark stunning photography the most interesting, essential, useful, and beautiful of the millions of chemical structures that make up every material in the world.

Gray begins with an explanation of how atoms bond to form molecules and compounds, as well as the difference between organic and inorganic chemistry. He then goes on to explore the vast array of materials molecules can create, including: soaps and solvents; goops and oils; rocks and ores; ropes and fibers; painkillers and dangerous drugs; sweeteners; perfumes and stink bombs; colors and pigments; and controversial compounds including asbestos, CFCs, and thimerosal.

Big, gorgeous photographs, as well as diagrams of the compounds and their chemical bonds, rendered with never before seen beauty, fill the pages and capture molecules in their various states.

As he did inThe Elements, Gray shows us molecules as we've never seen them before. It's the perfect book for his loyal fans who've been eager for more and for anyone fascinated with the mysteries of the material world.


Theodore Grayis the author ofThe 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; andPopular Sciencemagazine's "Gray Matter" column. With his company Touch Press,...
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Title:Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of EverythingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 10.38 × 10.38 × 0.88 inPublished:October 15, 2014Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1579129714

ISBN - 13:9781579129712

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Science! Molecules, the 'sequel' to Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, isn't quite as good as the original but still a fascinating book. The main draw for the book are the outstanding photos on every single page. For instance, the chapter on colours is page after page of eye-popping photos of dyes, fruit, minerals and other assorted colourful objects. Its not all pretty pictures though, you can learn quite a bit. I didn't expect to see orbital cloud diagrams, but there they were. It probably says a lot about me that the prospect of the next book being called 'Reactions' excites me quite a bit.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! Wonderful introduction to chemistry of the everyday world, with pictures, humour and even details of the chemical compounds. What better recommendation can there be other than that Oliver Sacks thought it was "wonderful"! For anyone interested in the physical world around them.
Date published: 2015-12-02

Editorial Reviews

I am so bowled over by Molecules that I can only express my feelings with a one-word blurb: "WONDERFUL!" — Oliver Sacks