Authoritative science to engage even the most unscientific! Chemistryâ™s most significant chart, the Periodic Table, and its 118 elements, is laid bare in this lively accessible and compelling expose.
James M. Russell has a philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, a postgraduate qualification in critical theory and has taught at the Open University in the UK. He is the author of A Traveller's Guide to Infinity and co-creator and editor of â˜The Travellerâ™s Guide to the Cosmosâ™ series, which includes The Travellerâ™s Guide to Mars and The Travellerâ™s Guide to the Big Bang. He is also consultant editor on Million Dollar Maths (Atlantic Books, 2018) and has edited a wide range of popular science books. He lives in north London with his wife, daughter and two cats.
The periodic table, created in the early 1860s by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, is one of the most extraordinary advances in modern chemistry. This basic visual aid helped scientists to gain a deeper understanding of what chemical elements really were: and, astonishingly, it also correctly predicted the properties of elements that hadnâ™t been discovered at the time. Here, in the authoritative Elementary, James Russell uses his lively, accessible and engaging narrative to tell the story behind all the elements we now know about. From learning about the creation of the first three elements, hydrogen, lithium and helium, in the big bang, through to oxygen and carbon, which sustain life on earth ¢along with the many weird and wonderful uses of elements as varied as fluorine, arsenic, krypton and einsteinium ¢even the most unscientifically-minded will be enthralled by this fascinating subject. With the help of illustrations and photographs throughout, Russell compellingly details these most basic building blocks of the universe, and the people who identified, isolated and even created them.