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All aspects of the chemical elements are presented in this easy-to-use reference for high school and college students. This one-volume work covers the development of chemistry as a science and the growth of the Periodic Table from pre-history to present day. Included are descriptions of the most recently discovered elements, which provide information on each element usually found only by consulting different sources. This information includes symbol, atomic number, common valence, atomic weight, natural state, common isotopes, characteristics, abundance, history, common uses, examples of common compounds, and hazards. Schematic diagrams of each of the elements through number 103 accompany their descriptions.
Krebs introduces the user to the background of how we came to know and understand the chemical nature of Earth and everything in the universe. He also examines the present concerns about the effects of chemicals on the Earth's environment. The elements are arranged according to their placement on the Periodic Table, which enables the user to examine the similarities and differences of elements found in different groups, periods, and series of the Periodic Table. A comprehensive glossary as well as appendixes and an index provide easy access for student users.
"[R]eadable in its entirity for the professional, or budding, scientist. A knowledgeable tone and excellent writing style provided by Krebs make for a work that is as engaging as it is informative, and at a reasonable price… This is an excellent book and one that would make a fine addition to any library's science collections, whether the clientele is public or academic."
"Appropriate for high school and college libraries, this reference summarizes the isotopes, electron configuration, chemical and physical properties, availability, history, and common compounds of 118 elements. Following the periodic table, the book begins with alkali metals and earth metals and continues through transition elements, metallics, metalloids, nonmetals, halogens, and noble gases. The second edition updates the bibliography and the list of Nobel Laureates in Chemistry."
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"This resource book by Krebs is a very informative, well-written review of the chemical elements that make up Earth. This new edition (1st ed., CH, Jul'98, 35-6235), expanding the previous version, is written in a style that is understandable to laypersons and those interested in basic chemistry. The initial sections provide a brief but comprehensive history of chemistry, the history of atomic structure and its theoretical models, and a history and organization of the periodic table of the elements, followed by the comprehensive discussion of each of the chemical elements. The history of each element, arranged according to its appearance in the periodic table, is provided along with its physical and chemical characteristics, source and abundance, usefulness, and hazards. This book should be in every undergraduate library and even in public libraries. Highly recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates; professionals; two-year technical program students."
|1||A short history of chemistry||1|
|3||The periodic table of the chemical elements||25|
|4||Guide to the elements||35|