The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Atom in the Universe

The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Atom in the Universe


By (author) Theodore Gray, By (photographer) Nick Mann

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  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 249mm x 254mm x 25mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1579128955
  • ISBN 13: 9781579128951
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 500 full colour photographs throughout
  • Sales rank: 10,860

Product description

The Periodic Table is huge and intricate and seen to be a thing for only Scientists to worry about. This book allows all to have access to what the symbols and two-letter Scrabble words that everyone thinks must be cheating actually mean and also where we can encounter them in everyday life. From Batteries to Toothpaste, Einsteinium to toy cars, it's truly awe-inspiring to find out how many of these elements we really know in other forms. Gray allows us to see materials in their stunning raw form and then tells us their history, discovery and where they are used. This is the coffee table book of the Science world but also an amazing collection by a man that is passionate about how the materials featured make up the world around us and wanting to make this accessible to a wider audience.

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Author information

Theodore Gray is the author of the bestselling The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, Theodore Gray's Elements Vault and Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home, But Probably Shouldn't. He is the proprietor of With his company Touch Press, Gray is the developer of the bestselling iPad and iPhone ebook app, The Elements, Solar System and The Waste Land. Nick Mann is a freelance photographer. Aside from having photographed more elements than probably anyone in the world, he is an accomplished landscape, sports and event photographer.

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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"