The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into The Land Of The Chemical Elements

The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into The Land Of The Chemical Elements

by P. W. Atkins


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465072668
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Series: Science Masters Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 461,109
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)

About the Author

P. W. Atkins is university lecturer in physical chemistry at the University of Oxford and a fellow and tutor at Lincoln College, Oxford. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the highly popular Molecules and the textbook Physical Chemistry, which is used around the world.

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The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey into the Land of the Chemical Elements 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
neurodrew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I became interested again in chemical elements, and I had been searching for a non-technical book on elements. It was lightweight, although I recognized the author of a quantum mechanics book that I used in college and still have on my shelf, mostly to impress the unwary. Atkins describes the periodic table in a geographic sense, plotting various features of the elements as altitudes across the kingdom. He eventually gets to atomic orbitals as an explanation for the features of ionization energies, density, mass and other properties. I was reminded of very early days at the Mitchell Library in New Haven, looking at a book on the elements.
bedda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is written in a travel guide format which led me to believe that the point was to make the information accessible to everyone and more enjoyable to read than a text book. I think it only partly succeeded. It does give you some good general ideas about how the periodic table came about and how everything goes together but when it goes into detail the narrative bogs down and becomes hard to read. Sometimes the information is just too dense and without some previous knowledge of the subject it will be read but not quite understood and then quickly forgotten.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
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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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