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A very short introduction.

Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Series: Very short introductions
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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This work traces the history and cultural impact of the elements on humankind, and examines why people have long sought to identify the substances around them. Originally published: as The ingredients. 2002.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Ball
ISBN: 0192840991 9780192840998
OCLC Number: 851817227
Language Note: English.
Description: 179 pages ; 180 x 120 mm.
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 ; End notes ; Futher reading
Series Title: Very short introductions

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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  Read more...

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Ball is one of the most prolific and imaginative of contemporary science writers. He has plenty of attitude, boasts a fine knowledge of visual art and a literary sensibility, and his science is Read more...

 
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