The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey into the Land of the Chemical Elements

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Come on a journey into the heart of matter—and enjoy the process!—as a brilliant scientist and entertaining tour guide takes you on a fascinating voyage through the Periodic Kingdom, the world of the elements. The periodic table, your map for this trip, is the most important concept in chemistry. It hangs in classrooms and labs throughout the world, providing support for students, suggesting new avenues of research for professionals, succinctly organizing the whole of chemistry. The one hundred or so elements ...

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Come on a journey into the heart of matter—and enjoy the process!—as a brilliant scientist and entertaining tour guide takes you on a fascinating voyage through the Periodic Kingdom, the world of the elements. The periodic table, your map for this trip, is the most important concept in chemistry. It hangs in classrooms and labs throughout the world, providing support for students, suggesting new avenues of research for professionals, succinctly organizing the whole of chemistry. The one hundred or so elements listed in the table make up everything in the universe, from microscopic organisms to distant planets. Just how does the periodic table help us make sense of the world around us? Using vivid imagery, ingenious analogies, and liberal doses of humor P. W. Atkins answers this question. He shows us that the Periodic Kingdom is a systematic place. Detailing the geography, history and governing institutions of this imaginary landscape, he demonstrates how physical similarities can point to deeper affinities, and how the location of an element can be used to predict its properties. Here’s an opportunity to discover a rich kingdom of the imagination kingdom of which our own world is a manifestation.

In this fascinating journey to the very heart of chemistry--the world of elements--physical chemistry professor Peter Atkins introduces readers to the most unifying concept in chemistry: the periodic table. From the 100 or so elements at the heart of the story, everything tangible is made, whether a planet or a microscopic organism. Illustrations.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780465072651
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/14/1995
  • Series: Science Masters Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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  • Posted June 5, 2014

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    The sense of the Periodic Table!

    Atkins presents the trends in the periodic table in a comprehensive way describing this as a kingdom. He develops the concepts in chemistry, the attributes of the elements, alongside some of the history of working out the table as we have it. For those with a basic background in chemistry, Atkins pulls together many of the basic concepts and brings them into focus with the implications for use of the elements and the alliances they make, forms of bonds, and such. Quite enjoyable and elucidating.

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  • Anonymous

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    AS I GIVE TO YOU

    AS I GIVE TO YOU ,from where they came.From the dark to the lite.From Elements in Meteorites and Radioactive minerals and heat producted within the earth.and constants decay and half lives of Radioactive materials that call to us from our solar system.the science of geology to the processes require quantitative data and the mathematical treatment of achievedments of natural crystals and a point by point on the number ways in which atoms can be arranged in a crystals.Zircon was the one that did the for you and me.Thankyou . as we go we see and know? <>=---------------->=+o=1_ (Time) ps that did it for you and me Thank you . i made a 'ooopss

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