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Superheavy : making and breaking the periodic table

Author: Kit Chapman, (Science journalist)
Publisher: London, UK ; New York : Bloomsbury Sigma, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2019. ©2019
Series: Bloomsbury sigma series, bk. 45.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores how scientists create superheavy elements, using giant machines to try to make single atoms of mysterious artefacts that have never existed on Earth. From the first elements past uranium and their role in the development of the atomic bomb to the latest discoveries stretching the chemical world, Superheavy reveals the hidden stories lurking at the edge of the periodic table.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kit Chapman, (Science journalist)
ISBN: 9781472953896 1472953894 9781472953902 1472953908
OCLC Number: 1042351263
Notes: Series number from title page verso.
Periodic table of the elements on lining-papers.
Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Children of the Atom. Modern alchemy ; The secret of Gilman Hall ; How to build a nuclear weapon ; Superman vs the FBI ; Universitium ofium Californium Berkelium ; The death of Jimmy Robinson ; Presidents and beetles --
Transfermium Wars. Novelievium ; From Russia with flerov ; The east and the west ; Xanthasia and the magic numbers ; Life at the edge of science ; The atoms that came in from the cold ; Changing the rules ; How to name your element --
The End of Chemistry. After the wall came down ; The Ninov fraud ; A new hope ; Beams of the rising sun ; The edge of the unknown ; Beyond superheavy.
Series Title: Bloomsbury sigma series, bk. 45.
Other Titles: Making and breaking the periodic table
Responsibility: Kit Chapman.

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