By Philip Ball
This Very brief Introduction is a thrilling and non-traditional method of figuring out the terminology, homes, and type of chemical parts. It strains the background and cultural influence of the weather on humankind, and examines why humans have lengthy sought to spot the components round them. The publication comprises chapters on specific components reminiscent of gold, iron, and oxygen, exhibiting how they formed tradition and know-how. taking a look past the Periodic desk, the writer examines our courting with topic, from the simple imaginative and prescient of the Greek philosophers, who believed there have been 4 elements--earth, air, fireplace, and water--to the paintings of modern day scientists in developing parts akin to hassium and meitnerium. choked with anecdotes, The Elements is a hugely attractive and pleasing exploration of the basic query: what's the global made from?
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