The periodic kingdom : a journey into the land of the chemical elements
210707s1995 nyua e b 001 0 eng d
|aAtkins, P. W.|q(Peter William),|d1940-
|aThe periodic kingdom :|ba journey into the land of the chemical elements /|cP.W. Atkins.
|aA journey into the land of the chemical elements
|aNew York :|bBasic Books,|cc1995.
|aix, 161 p. :|bill. ;|c21 cm.
|aScience masters series
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -152) and index.
|aAn introductory journey through the periodic table explains how every tangible object is comprised of the various elements, while chronicling the history of element discovery and explaining how elemental knowledge can be applied.
The one hundred or so elements listed in the table make up everything in the universe, from microscopic organisms to distant planets. Just how does the periodic table help us make sense of the world around us? Using vivid imagery, ingenious analogies, and liberal doses of humor P. W. Atkins answers this question. He shows us that the Periodic Kingdom is a systematic place. Detailing the geography, history and governing institutions of this imaginary landscape, he demonstrates how physical similarities can point to deeper affinities, and how the location of an element can be used to predict its properties. Here’s an opportunity to discover a rich kingdom of the imagination kingdom of which our own world is a manifestation.
P. W. Atkins is university lecturer in physical chemistry at the University of Oxford and a fellow and tutor at Lincoln College, Oxford. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the highly popular Molecules and the textbook Physical Chemistry, which is used around the world.