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    DescriptionThis Very Short Introduction traces the history and cultural impact of the elements on humankind, and examines why people have long sought to identify the substances around them. Looking beyond the Periodic Table, the author examines our relationship with matter, from the uncomplicated vision of the Greek philosophers, who believed there were four elements - earth, air, fire, and water - to the work of modern-day scientists in creating elements such as hassium and meitnerium. Packed with anecdotes, The Elements is a highly engaging and entertaining exploration of the fundamental question: what is the world made from? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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    The Elements: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Philip Ball
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 186
    Width: 110 mm
    Height: 168 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9780192840998
    ISBN 10: 0192840991

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 546
    BIC subject category V2: PNK
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    DC21: 546
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    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16500
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Abridged Dewey: 546
    BISAC V2.8: SCI013000
    LC classification: QD466, QD466 .B25 2004
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    Thema V1.0: PNK
    Illustrations note
    numerous halftones & line drawings
    Oxford University Press
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    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    07 October 2004
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    Author Information
    Philip Ball is a science writer and a consultant editor for Nature, where he was formerly an editor for physical science for over 10 years. He writes about all areas of science for the international press, and has broadcast on TV and radio. His previous books include Designing the Molecular World, The Self-Made Tapestry, H20: A Biography of Water, and Stories of the Invisible: A guided tour of molecules. He holds a degree in chemistry from Oxford University and a doctorate in physics from Bristol University. He lives in London, where his Homunculus Theatre Company occasionally performs on a shoestring budget.
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    Ball is one of the most prolific and imaginative of contemporary science writers. He has plenty of attitude, boasts a fine knowledge of visual art and a literary sensibility, and his science is encyclopaedic. Chemistry in Britain A delight of a book... Elegantly written...it's far-reaching, entertaining and salted with anecdote... It could become a classic. Hold on to your first edition Roy Herbert, New Scientist engaging tour of the chemical elements Sunday Telegraph Philip Ball's book is an excellent introduction. I would have loved the book as an enthusiastic sixteen year-old and I would recommend it as a Christmas present to anyone at that age, and to journalists who may occasionally wish to appear smarter than they actually are. Simon Robinson, Chemistry and Industry a series of invigorating dips Guardian Ball's choices are sound, his style is attractive Evening Standard Ball brings the periodic table to life Maia Weinstock, Discover A beautifully written and elegantly illustrated synthesis of chemistry and culture. Popularization of science at its very best. Sir John Meurig Thomas, University of Cambridge The book contains some delightful anecdotes David Johnson, Times Higher Educational Supplement
    Table of contents
    1. Aristotle's Quartet: The elements in antiquity ; 2. Revolution: How oxygen changed the world ; 3. Gold: The most desirable element ; 4. The Eightfold Path: Organizing the elements ; 5. The Atom Factories: Making new elements ; 6. The Chemical Brothers: Why isotopes are useful ; 7. For All Practical Purposes: Technologies of the elements ; End notes ; Futher reading