The Periodic Kingdom
A Journey into the Land of the Chemical Elements
By (author) Peter W. Atkins
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Periodic Kingdom by Peter W. Atkins
Book DescriptionCome on a journey into the heart of matterand enjoy the process!as a brilliant scientist and entertaining tour guide takes you on a fascinating voyage through the Periodic Kingdom, the world of the elements. The periodic table, your map for this trip, is the most important concept in chemistry. It hangs in classrooms and labs throughout the world, providing support for students, suggesting new avenues of research for professionals, succinctly organizing the whole of chemistry. 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. Heres an opportunity to discover a rich kingdom of the imagination kingdom of which our own world is a manifestation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465072668
(204mm x 135mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 11-Apr-1997
Country of Publication: United States
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Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (March 2010)» View all books by Peter W. Atkins
Among the many laws of science, there are four laws that direct and constrain everything that happens in the Universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the unfurling of a leaf they help us understand the course of life itself. In this Very Short Introduction Peter Atkins' explains what the four laws are and how they work.
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Author Biography - Peter W. Atkins
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.
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