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Product Details

  • Calendar: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; Wal edition (June 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128722
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 0.6 x 30.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #689,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 2 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Boyer on Aug. 23 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 their various applications, as well as brief, but good descriptions of their history, uses, and trivia. The author is very passionate about this subject, which makes for an informative, but entertaining read.

The book's layout is simple: each of the first 100 elements gets 2 facing pages (4 for more important elements), starting with hydrogen, and going on up. The left-hand page is a full-page image of the element in pure or very close to pure form, and the right-hand page contains the text describing the element, as well as several pictures of devices that are made up the element. Often these are pictures of the thousands of things that the author has collected for his element collection over the years. For the more important or more interesting elements, there are an additional 2 pages of photos. All of the elements also include diagrams showing their crystal structure, electron orbitals, and melting and freezing points, and other important information.

Elements 101-118 have shorter information sections and no pictures because there is very little relevant information about them.

Overall, this is a very high-quality book. It's well-written (I don't remember seeing any spelling or grammar mistakes); the pictures are well-taken, have good lighting, and are high resolution; the book is made of thick, strong paper; and the ink and print quality is among the best.

This book is excellent light reading and is a perfect coffee table book. Each element's section is short enough that it can be read in a minute or two, so it's great to have around for people to look at when they come over. Also, it's very non-technical, so almost anyone can read it. I'd recommend this book to pretty much everyone, especially those with an interest in science and chemistry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on Dec 19 2009
Format: Hardcover
In this coffee table sized book the elements of the universe have never looked so good or been described in a more interesting fashion.When you open the book the each element is given 2 pages .The left page contains a large photograph of the element in its natural or refined state while the right page contains more photographs and a description the elements properties, it's uses and other interesting facts regarding it's existance in the universe.Finally there is some technical information regarding it's atomic weight , structure, density and other facts.All in all over 200 pages of facinating science.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wong1919.5-4 on Feb. 22 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 the author and photographer's hard work ,
readers like me were brought up-to-date about things learned years ago (on the subject of the Periodic Table)......

Maybe the next step is to order the Cards for elements:).........
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Format: Hardcover
This 239 paged encyclopedia-standard guide about the 118 elements in the priodic table is one of its kind: comprehensive, informative and innovative. Elements may seem like testing materials only but this book reminds readers that elements are what our tangible universe made of and ignites excitement in young children to learn more. THE book showcases each element with glorious full-page photographs with images that are familiar to us and with texts stunningly humorous, educational and entertaining. Within the two pages readers also get essential scientific data about the elements from its weight, density, radius, crystal structure to Electron Order Filling, Atomic Emission Spectrum and State Matter.

Our 8-year old refers to it often and it will be put into good use for many years. This book is practical and serves as his own coach that takes him by hand to explore every known atom in the world. When asked what he liked most in the book, he answered "I like Boron the most(5; p22)because it is harder than diamond and you can find it in silly potty." Mr. Gray should be happy to know that "Poor Boron- with a name like that," has finally earned some respect.
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