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The Elements: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) By Philip Ball (Freelance science writer and Consultant Editor of Nature)

The Elements: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Philip Ball (Freelance science writer and Consultant Editor of Nature)

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 takes us on a tour: from the Greek philosophers who propounded a system with four elements to the modern-day scientists who are able to create their own.
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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? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Sku
GOR001700941
Title
The Elements: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Author
Philip Ball (Freelance science writer and Consultant Editor of Nature)
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year published
2004-04-08
Number of pages
192
ISBN 10
0192840991
ISBN 13
9780192840998
Prizes
N/A
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