The Elements

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Discusses the history of the periodic table of the elements, includes biographies of major figures in the field of chemistry, and provides information on each element.

Discusses the history of the periodic table of the elements, includes biographies of major figures in the field of chemistry, and provides information on each element.

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Discusses the history of the periodic table of the elements, includes biographies of major figures in the field of chemistry, and provides information on each element.

Discusses the history of the periodic table of the elements, includes biographies of major figures in the field of chemistry, and provides information on each element.

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The two major parts of this book, "The Biography of a Science" and "The Lore of the Elements," together offer a comprehensive description of the development of the periodic table, including the discovery of each element in the table and each element's attributes. Part I includes short biographies of philosopher/scientists who contributed to the development of the science of chemistry. It begins with Greek philosopher Democritus who speculated on the nature of matter in 465 B.C. and gave us the word "atom." The ideas of Aristotle, however, who wrote during the same era and on a wider range of topics, predominated until the 17th century when the dawn of the scientific method, employed by Pierre Gassendi, began to illuminate the true nature of the elements. In the ensuing centuries data accumulated more swiftly. The contributions of van Leeuwenhoek, Boyle, Newton, Lavoisier, Mendleyev, Dalton, Avogadro, Rutherford, Roentgen, Becquerel, and the Curies, among others, are presented. The role each played in furthering our understanding of the chemical sciences is explained succinctly and within the context of the whole. In Part II each element in the periodic table, as the table is currently defined, is described with its attributes, origin of its name, discoverer, atomic weight, and melting point. The photos and graphics that accompany Part I and Part II illustrate the text well and help create a book that is visually appealing with content that is demystified and accessible. This book would be a good addition to any high school science class. 2006, Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group, Ages 14 to 18.
—Hazel Buys
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This book opens with an explanation of Democritus's concept of the atom (465 B.C.). Next, three full-color photo-essays cover the scientists connected to the study of the elements throughout history and the "Anatomy of an Atom," radiation, and the elements found in the human body and around the home. The latter half of the volume is devoted to the individual elements from hydrogen to ununquadium, in order of their atomic number. For each, the individuals associated with its discovery, the date of discovery, the origin of the name, atomic weight, melting point, and a photograph, when applicable, are provided. A few paragraphs describing the elements' uses are also included. Captioned black-and-white and color photographs and illustrations break up the text, and boxed areas highlight specific topics or individuals, such as Marie and Pierre Curie. The future of the periodic table and the quest to discover new elements are mentioned throughout. A useful overview.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761327943
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/13/2004
  • Series: Worlds Beyond Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 805,690
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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