Written by award-winning science writer John Emsley, this informative and highly enjoyable book explains the what, the why and the wherefore of the elements. Arranged alphabetically, from Actinium to Zirconium, it is a complete guide to all the elements that are currently known, with more extensive coverage of those we encounter in our everyday life. The entry on each element reveals where it came from, what role it may have in the human body, the foods that contain it, how it was discovered, its role in human health, the uses and misuses to which it is put, and its environmental role. The new edition includes the three chemical elements discovered since the first edition - Darmstadtium, Roetgenium, and Copernicium - and the section on "transfermium elements" has now been incorporated into the main part of the book. In addition, Emsley has added new information on the economic uses of elements such as Scandium and Gold. Praised by Nature as "amusing and finely crafted," Nature's Building Blocks offers a pleasurable tour of the very essence of our material world.
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very intresting, found out loads
I only have the audio edition so can't answer this
it's like a shopping list where you go around find the product and then study the label including reading the ingredients in 5 languages
Boron ,,, just love Boron , better than the more flighty helium, but lighter than carbon
elements of the element will have you asking why, where and when?
this is a good book, it is a very long and detailed list, well what do you expect. the listening format sounds at times to be reading off a table. no story , just a huge pile of facts. (why did audible give me these questions in guided review ? )
Good analysis of elements
- P Crozier