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From the Publisher"[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."