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A Guide to the Elements (Oxford)

A Guide to the Elements (Oxford) 

   

AUTHORS: 

  • Albert Stwertka   

PRODUCT DETAILS:

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (April 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195150279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195150278
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds 

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Book Description 

Newly updated with the stunning discovery of two new elements, A Guide to the Elements, 2nd Edition is still the easy- to-read, easy-to- understand resource to the periodic table that students and teachers of the physical sciences expect. A Guide to the Elements, Second Edition begins with an introductory section that explains some of the basic concepts of chemistry and traces the history and development of the periodic table of the elements. In clear, nontechnical language, Albert Stwertka takes complex ideas and terms easily understandable. Complemented with historical anecdotes and everyday examples, each fascinating article examines one element and is accompanied by photographs many in full color of practical applications. Middle school and high school students will find this a welcome reference, as will adults with no background in chemistry. This new edition includes: * A comprehensive list of informative websites * An epilogue on recent near-discoveries of new elements * An extensively updated furuther reading list An excellent "look up" resource as well as a superb introduction to chemistry, A Guide to the Elements, Second Edition is a good beginning step on the road to chemical literacy.

Book Info

Begins with an introductory section that explains some of the basic concepts of chemistry and traces the history and development of the periodic table of the elements. Includes a comprehensive list of informative websites. Softcover.

Card catalog description

Presents the basic concepts of chemistry and explains complex theories before offering a separate article on each of the building blocks that make up the universe. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Albert Stwerkta is Professor Emeritus at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and previously served as the head of the mathematics and science department there. Dr. Stwertka conducted research in the field of atomic physics, and was instrumental in establishing training programs for the N.S. Savannah nuclear ship during the Atoms for Peace program. He is the author of numerous books on science and math, including The World of Atoms and Quarks, Recent Revolutions in Physics, Recent Revolutions in Mathematics, and Physics: From Newton to the Big Bang.  

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

A perfect small guide to chemistry for a student or layman, October 10, 2003

There are at least 112 chemical elements, all of which but a few comprise the entire world as we know it. This book covers each element seperately, in order, from hydrogen to the various transuranium elemnts that only exist for mere seconds in laboratories. Each element’s atomic weight, valence(s), and various uses are given. Also given is the human history of each element, including its discovery and the origin of its name.

I suspect that any reader, outside of a chemistry instructor, perhaps, will learn something from this endlessly fascinating, well- written and organized book. Many general principles of chemistry rub off as well, and for the student or interested layman, this is a highly useful, easily readable, and understandable book about chemistry. A true jewel, and I rate it highly.