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Book:Elements : a visual history of their discovery / Philip Ball.:2021 Book Elements : a visual history of their discovery / Philip Ball.
Elements : a visual history of their discovery / Philip Ball.
Author: Ball, Philip, 1962-
Publication year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Book
Publisher: Thames and Hudson,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780500024539 (hbk.) :
Notes:
Introduction 1. The Classical Elements 2. The Antique Metals 3. Alchemical Elements 4. The New Metals 5. Chemistry's Golden Age 6. Electrical Discoveries 7. The Radiant Age 8. The Nuclear Age Bibliography and Further Reading
Extent: 224 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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The first fully illustrated history of the chemical elements. This book offers a largely chronological illustrated guide to how the chemical elements were discovered over the past three millennia. It provides a view not just of how we came to understand what everything is made of but also of how chemistry developed from a trial-and-error craft of making and transforming substances into a rational modern science that provides us with new materials, drugs, and much else. While other books have described the properties of the chemical elements and often delved into their histories, none has done so in this highly visual manner. The closest comparison is Theodore Gray's illustrated book The Elements - but this does not take a historical approach as this does here. The pictorial material for this subject is very rich, including some gorgeous alchemical documents as well as portraits, colour charts, woodcuts of mining, artefacts such as John Dalton's wooden balls, advertisements (for exam

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