Elementary: The Periodic Table Explained (Hardcover)
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The periodic table, created in the early 1860s by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, marked 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. 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 Russell has a philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, a postgraduate qualification in critical theory, and has taught at the Open University in the UK. He is the author of A Traveller's Guide to Infinity and co-creator and editor of the Traveller’s Guide to the Cosmos series, which includes The Traveller’s Guide to Mars and The Traveller’s Guide to the Big Bang. He is also consultant editor on Million Dollar Maths and has edited a wide range of popular science books.