Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements (Paperback)
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Short Description for Nature's Building Blocks Since publication of John Emsley's Nature's Building Blocks in 2003 there have been a number of new developments. Fully updated for 2010, this fascinating A-Z guide includes three new named and validated elements, new uses, a 'Deadly elements' section, and an updated Periodic Table. A wonderful reference guide for anyone working with elements.
- Published: 01 October 2011
- Format: Paperback 720 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199605637 ISBN 10: 0199605637
- Sales rank: 87,387
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John Emsley's Nature's Building Bocks was published in paperback in 2003. In this readable, informative, and fascinating guide to the elements are entries on each of the 100-odd chemical elements, arranged alphabetically from actinium to zirconium. Each entry comprises an explanation of where the element's name comes from, followed by Body element (the role it plays in living things), Element of history (how and when it was discovered), Economic element (what it is used for), Environmental element (where it occurs, how much), Chemical element (facts, figures, and narrative), and Element of surprise (an amazing, little-known fact). Since publication of the first edition there have been a number of developments. Three new chemical elements have been named and validated: darmstadtium, roetgenium, and copernicium and the section on 'transfermium elements' has now been incorporated into the main part of the book. Economic uses of elements have grown, and some quite rare elements such as Scandium are now economically important, along with updates to elements such as gold due to new roles in industry. Fully revised and updated for 2010, this browsable compendium holds a wealth of useful information.