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Elements - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192840998

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ISBN13: 978-0192840998
ISBN10: 0192840991
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2004
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Elements - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192840998

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ISBN13: 978-0192840998
ISBN10: 0192840991
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

This 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?

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

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