Elemental: How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything

Elemental: How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything

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What is the chemical symbol for a human? What's the strongest acid ever made? Can human beings really spontaneously combust? An exploration of the periodic table in its final form, Elemental answers these questions and more.

If you want to understand how our world works, the periodic table holds the answers. When the seventh row of the periodic table of elements was completed in June 2016 with the addition of four final elements - nihonium, moscovium, tennessine, and oganesson - we at last could identify all the ingredients necessary to construct our world.

In Elemental, chemist and science educator Tim James provides an informative, entertaining, and quirkily illustrated guide to the table that shows clearly how this abstract and seemingly jumbled graphic is relevant to our day-to-day lives.

James tells the story of the periodic table from its ancient Greek roots, when you could count the number of elements humans were aware of on one hand, to the modern alchemists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries who have used nuclear chemistry and physics to generate new elements and complete the periodic table. In addition to this, he answers questions such as: What is the chemical symbol for a human? What would happen if all of the elements were mixed together? Which liquid can teleport through walls? Why is the medieval dream of transmuting lead into gold now a reality?

Whether you're studying the periodic table for the first time or are simply interested in the fundamental building blocks of the universe - from the core of the sun to the networks in your brain - Elemental is the perfect guide.

ISBN: 9781468317022

Published Date: March 26, 2019

Publisher: Abrams

Language: English

Page Count: 216

Size: 9.27" l x 6.22" w x 1.01" h