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

Aprovecho en esta ocasión para compartir este libro, que le da un vistazo a la tabla periódica de una forma inigualable: fotos en alta definición de como lucen los elementos químicos conocidos por el hombre.


Descripción:

The Web site of Theodore Gray indicates that he is a cofounder of Wolfram Research, Inc. (which publishes the computer program Mathematica), a columnist for Popular Science, and an element collector. In the latter role, the computer programmer Gray has become a popularizer of chemistry to the public. The Elements is Gray’s second chemistry book to be published this year, joining Mad Science (also reviewed in this issue). The beginning of the book has eight pages of background information on the structure and organization of the periodic table. Each element is highlighted in a two-page spread with text interspersed with excellent photographs that stand out against the black background. The right-hand side of the page is common to all elements and shows the element’s location in the periodic table, its atomic emission spectrum, and various physical properties. The book is cleverly printed so you can spread the pages a bit and see a plot of the melting point and boiling points of the elements. Some elements get extra attention: aluminum, iron, titanium, copper, tungsten, gold, lead, and uranium each merit four pages with extra photographs. Beginning with mendelevium, element 101, essentially only the origins of the elements’ names are discussed. The book concludes with a photo of Gray and his personal element collection, a useful bibliography, and a pull-out poster of the periodic table


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.


Idioma: Inglés

Sitio web del autor: http://www.periodictable.com/


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