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The ingredients : a guided tour of the elements

Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A guide to the elements discusses their discovery and properties and how they have shaped technology and civilization.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Ball
ISBN: 0192841009 9780192841001
OCLC Number: 50018007
Description: xii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Aristotle's quartet : the elements in antiquity --
2. Revolution : how oxygen changed the world --
3. Gold : the glorious and accursed 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.
Responsibility: Philip Ball.
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