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Nature's building blocks : an A-Z guide to the elements

Author: John Emsley
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is the most common element in the universe? Can you name the noble gases? Everything we see around us is made of chemical elements, but most of us know little about them. Penned by award-winning science writer John Emsley, Nature's Building Blocks explains the what, why and wherefore of the chemical elements. Arranged alphabetically, from Actinium to Zirconium, it is a complete guide to all 115 of those that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Emsley
ISBN: 0198503407 9780198503408
OCLC Number: 51316128
Notes: "First published 2001. First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback 2003. Reprinted with corrections 2003."
Description: viii, 538 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
Elements (A-Z) --
Periodic table --
Appendix: Discovery of the elements in chronological order --
Bibliography --
Lists of elements and atomic numbers.
Responsibility: John Emsley.
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This reference on each one of the 100-odd chemical elements, arranged alphabetically from actinium to zirconium, comprises an explanation of where the element's name comes from, its Body element (the  Read more...

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