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The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe 2012 Calendar [Wall Calendar] [Calendar]

Theodore Gray , Nick Mann
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June 29 2011
A fascinating month-by-month tour of the most dazzling elements in the periodic table. Every month features a big, beautiful photograph of an element in its pure form, as well as data and an interesting anecdote relating to the element. Monthly grids include photographs of the element's compounds as well as important dates in chemical history and major North American, UK, Australian and New Zealand holidays.

Includes Theodore Gray's Photographic Periodic Table Poster


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Praise for The Elements:

"I don't know if this is the first coffee-table book paying lush photographic homage to the periodic table, but it is certainly the most gorgeous one I've seen." —John Tierney, The New York Times

"The Elements is a loving reimagination of the classic table." —Wired

"Gray's trademark dry wit and historical anecdotes bring even the most basic lumps to life." —Popular Science

"A great mix of science and art." —Discover --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Theodore Gray is the author of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe; Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Probably Shouldn't; Mad Science 2: Experiments You Can Do At Home, But Still Probably Shouldn't; and Popular Science magazine's "Gray Matter" column. With his company Touch Press, Gray is the developer of best-selling iPad and iPhone apps, including The Elements, Solar System, Disney Animated, The Orchestra, The Waste Land, and Skulls by Simon Winchester. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.



Nick Mann is the photographer of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Aside from having photographed more elements and compounds than probably anyone in the world, he is an accomplished landscape, sports, and event photographer. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.


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By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"The periodic table is the universal catalogue of everything you can drop on your foot...The Earth, this book, your foot--everything tangible--is made up of elements. [An element is a substance whose nuclei contain a specific number of protons]...Elements have two faces: their pure state, and the range of chemical compounds they form when they combine with other elements...In this book I try to show both faces of every element...

I started collecting elements in 2002...Thanks in part to eBay...by 2009, I had assembled nearly 2300 objects representing every element...Element collecting isn't a big hobby...Compared to [other collecting hobbies], we element nuts are few and far between."

The above is found in the introduction and conclusion of this unique book by Theodore Gray. Gray is a science author, science magazine columnist, and the proprietor of periodic table dot com.

This book is based on seven years of research and photography.

How many people or even scientists can boast that they have actually seen all of the chemical elements in their pure form, not combined with other elements? This is what makes this book unique.

Most of the pages of this book are composed of a double-page spread of each of the elements.

On the left page of each double-page spread is a large photograph of the pure element (where physically possible) along with the element's chemical symbol and atomic number. (An element's atomic number is the number of protons found in the nucleus of every atom of that element.) You can see what I mean by looking at the cover of this book (displayed above by Amazon). Here there are seventeen pure elements displayed just as they appear in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best coincidence ever! March 2 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is a gorgeous picture book, but also filled with real and detailed information, written by someone who loves the subject. Worth getting, for yourself, or as a gift.

The coincidence? I'd been taking the occasional interesting artifact in to work to show my techie colleagues. One day, after looking around for something unusual, I grabbed a radioactive Polonium based anti-static brush made in 1957! (Amazingly, it's still made, and available on Amazon!) They were amazed, and a bit scared :-), even though it was radioactively dead after 55 years. When I got home, this book was in my mailbox. I quickly unpacked it, not really having time to look at it yet, but let it fall open to a page, just to have a quick look. Guess what page. Polonium! But, that isn't the best part. Guess what one of the pictures on the Polonium page is. Uh huh... the brush!!!

Best ' coincidence ' ever.
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I purchased this as a gift for someone who has always had a fascination for the elements. This booked opened up a whole new world of understanding for him through stunning visuals, fascinating short descriptions, and fast-facts about the building blocks of the observable Universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Dec 30 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book draws you in with the great photographs of the elements and things made of them and educates you before you know it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Pleasing Sept. 14 2012
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The Elements is a visually pleasing coffee table book that takes you on an adventure through the periodic table page by page for each element. Sometimes humurous, and always informative the short wright-ups pack a punch but don't tell it all, oh well. It has a pull out periodic table poster at the back that I would just hate to pull out of the book. It's still a great book and well worth the money for a non-scientific person like myself who likes to collect dictionaries on various subjects. This book may come in handy as reference material for my future writing endevours like my Kindle books: Theory of Sevens, Two Feral Waifs, and Fire Escape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delight for the knowledge and the eyes Aug. 22 2012
By Canadianladybug TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Have you ever wondered where you can find the various elements in the periodic table throughout the world? Do we encounter them on a day-to-day basis? Well look no further because this fabulous book will open up a whole new world linked to the periodic table to you. Each element is explained in details and is accompanied with pictures of items that contains the said element when possible on a two page presentation. On the left page you will get a stunning picture of the element itself in its pure form. On the right side, you will get a text about the element, it's position in the periodic table, the atomic weight, the density, the atomic radius and the crystal structure. You also get the electron filling order, the atomic emission spectrum and the state of matter on the bottom right corner of that page. Finally, as a treat for your eyes you can observe a visual representation of where you can find the element in products or items that we can encounter. For example, did you know that in the past there was a deficiency of iodine that caused goiter. Back then, a special gum called iodigum was available for purchased and contained iodine in it. Not goiter is uncommon because of iodized salt in our diet. Iodine is also often used with alcohol as a disinfectant. And who have not experience the use of iodine when you hurt yourself when you were younger. I still remember the red splat of iodine on my skin...

This would be a great reference book when studying the periodic table. Not only will it provide information about the elements but you can see up close and personal (without the danger of manipulating the element itself) where you can find the element in known products.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read
very imformative...easy to read...just the book my son wanted
Published 21 days ago by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent visual presentation of the elements
This book is an excellent presentation of the elements by an avid element collector. The book is full of high-quality pictures, showing the elements in both their pure form and... Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2011 by Eric Boyer
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Intended for young people but older ones like me found in this very interesting reading material:), and would like to recommend the book to teachers and parents alike , thanks to... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2011 by wong1919.5-4
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book So Nice I Bought It Twice
As a grade 6 teacher who loves science, I took my copy of Elements to share with the class. Oh woe! The book was manhandled, with some of the pages being torn. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2010 by Mnemonic
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable ELEMENTS
This 239 paged encyclopedia-standard guide about the 118 elements in the priodic table is one of its kind: comprehensive, informative and innovative. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2010 by Reflection Haiku
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, Theodore
If you're looking for a great book to give to any quirky, science-minded individuals you might happen to know, this is it. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2010 by George Gillson
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
This book is amazing. The colour photography is like art. Explanations of the elements in their natural and modified states are easy to understand and interesting. Read more
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