Natures Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements

Paperback | September 14, 2011

byJohn Emsley

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John Emsley's Nature's Building Blocks was published in paperback in 2003. In this readable, informative, and fascinating guide to the elements are entries on each of the 100-odd chemical elements, arranged alphabetically from actinium to zirconium. Each entry comprises an explanation of wherethe element's name comes from, followed by Body element (the role it plays in living things), Element of history (how and when it was discovered), Economic element (what it is used for), Environmental element (where it occurs, how much), Chemical element (facts, figures, and narrative), and Elementof surprise (an amazing, little-known fact). Since publication of the first edition there have been a number of developments. Three new chemical elements have been named and validated: darmstadtium, roetgenium, and copernicium and the section on 'transfermium elements' has now been incorporated into the main part of the book. Economic uses ofelements have grown, and some quite rare elements such as Scandium are now economically important, along with updates to elements such as gold due to new roles in industry. Fully revised and updated for 2010, this browsable compendium holds a wealth of useful information.

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John Emsley's Nature's Building Blocks was published in paperback in 2003. In this readable, informative, and fascinating guide to the elements are entries on each of the 100-odd chemical elements, arranged alphabetically from actinium to zirconium. Each entry comprises an explanation of wherethe element's name comes from, followed by ...

John Emsley won the Science Book prize in 1995 for his Consumer's Good Chemical Guide, and followed this with a series of popular science books: Molecules at an Exhibition, Was it Something You Ate? (co-authored with P. Fell), and The Shocking History of Phosphorus, all of which have been translated into many other languages. After 20...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.52 inPublished:September 14, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199605637

ISBN - 13:9780199605637

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroductionThe elements (A-Z)The periodic tableAppendix: the discovery of the elements in chronological orderBibliographyLists of elements and atomic numbersIndex

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"This book is like a bar of Cadbury's chocolate: You can't eat just one square. Having said this, I think this is a wonderful book for scientists of all persuasions". --Andrew R. Barron, C and EN