The History and Use of Our Earth's Chemical Elements: A Reference Guide

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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, which includes descriptions of the most recently discovered elements, provides information on each element, usually found only by consulting many 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.
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Library Journal
This work is a hybrid, combining a textbook treatment of the history of chemistry, atomic structure, and periodic-table theory with a reference handbook on the individual elements. Elements are arranged in their groups, with physical properties, history of discovery, sources, uses, and common compounds described for each element, along with basic hazard information. Krebs includes the most recently discovered elements and attempts currency by discussing the controversy over their names unresolved at the time of publication, as well as essays on the hole in the ozone layer and on radiation. He also appends a glossary and a table of the electron configurations of all known elements. The author is a former administrator in higher education and an author of educational software, which may explain the disproportionate number of software titles in the selected bibliography. Appropriate for high school and community college libraries.Wade Lee, Univ. of Toledo Lib., Ohio
A general overview of chemical elements, intended as a reference for students and other readers, as well as for school and public library use. Overviews of the history of chemistry and of atomic structure introduce the element profiles, which are arranged in sections according to the Periodic Table. The atomic structure of each element is illustrated, and each is described according to characteristics such as structure, size, weight, activity, abundance, uses, and hazards. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"[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 priceā€¦ 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." - ciTech Book News

"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." - Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313301230
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/12/1998
  • Pages: 360
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT E. KREBS has written seven books for Greenwood Press. He has taught chemistry, biology, and other sciences at several schools and universities. Dr. Krebs has served as a science specialist in the federal government and a research administrator for four universities. He retired as Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate College at the Medical Center of the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago.

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Table of Contents

1 A short history of chemistry 1
2 Atomic structure 9
3 The periodic table of the chemical elements 25
4 Guide to the elements 35
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