The elements : a very short introduction

Philip Ball

This Very Short Introduction traces the history and cultural impact of the elements on humankind, and examines why people have long sought to identify the substances around them. Looking beyond the Periodic Table, the author examines our relationship with matter, from the uncomplicated vision of the Greek philosophers, who believed there were four elements - earth, air, fire, and water - to the work of modern-day scientists in creating elements such as hassium and meitnerium. Packed with anecdotes, The Elements is a highly engaging and entertaining exploration of the fundamental question: what is the world made from? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • 1. Aristotle's Quartet: The elements in antiquity
  • 2. Revolution: How oxygen changed the world
  • 3. Gold: The most desirable 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
  • End notes
  • Futher reading

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書名 The elements : a very short introduction
著作者等 Ball, Philip
書名別名 The Ingredients
シリーズ名 Very short introductions
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2004, c2002
ページ数 179 p.
大きさ 18 cm
ISBN 9780192840998
NCID BA70338832
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス