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Nature's Building Blocks An A Z Guide to the Elements Summary ☆ 108 ß ➾ [Download] ➾ Nature's Building Blocks An A Z Guide to the Elements By John Emsley ➳ – What is the most common element in the universe Can you name the noble gases Everything we see around What is Blocks An ePUB #9734 the most common element in the universe Can you name the noble gases Everything we see around us is made of chemical elements but most of us know little about them Penned by award winning science writer John Emsley Nature's Building eBook #220 Nature's Building Blocks explains the what why and wherefore of the chemical elements Arranged alphabetically from Actinium to Zirconium it is a complete guide to all of those that are currently known with extensive coverage of those elements we encounter in Building Block. When I read through this I feel like it's a great companion book to The Disappearing Spoon by Sam KeanBoth books show the elements in a way that is readily digestible than any chemistry professor will in a lecture Well than any I've ever had anywaysThis book also goes into a history of elements much like The Disappearing Spoon which I enjoyed immenselyIf you have a love of chemistry or would just like to understand the make up of the universe you live in a little this is a book I highly recommend

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Ld seem cheap Our own bodies contain about elements some in abundance some in trace amounts some vital to our health and some that are positively harmful A list of the main scientific data and outline properties are given for every element and each section ends with an Element of Surprise which highlights some unexpected way in which each element influences our everyday life Both a reliable reference source and a high browsable account of the elements Nature's Building Blocks offers a pleasurable tour of the very essence of our material wor. This book goes through all of the chemical elements known as of the year 2001 I thoroughly enjoyed all of the history and facts and oddities presented about each element I wish that the section about the superheavy elements was up to date and accurate but this is probably my favorite book

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Nature's Building Blocks An A Z Guide to the ElementsS An ePUB #9734 our everyday life The entry on each element reveals where it came from what role it may have in the human body and the foods that contain it There are Building Blocks An A Z ePUB #9734 also sections on its discovery its part in human health or illness Building Blocks An A Z ePUB #9734 the uses and misuses to which it is put and its environmental role Readers discover that the Earth consists of around elements some of which are abundant such as the silicon and oxygen of rocks and soils while some are so rare that they make go. A fascinating tour de forceThis is an outstanding piece of work aimed at the intellectually and scientifically curious that also works as a nice reference book on the elements and the Periodic TableAfter a short introduction filled with some top ten tables eg top ten elements in the earth's crust Oxygen 466000 parts per million Silicon 277000 pchokengtitiktitikchokengm etc Emsley spins out a chapter per element in alphabetical order beginning with Actinium and ending with Zirconium Each chapter is filled with interesting and specific information about the element in uestion In the chapter on carbon for example understandably one of the longest in the book 7 pages since carbon is so important to us and so plentiful there are sections entitled COSMIC ELEMENT HUMAN ELEMENT FOOD ELEMENT MEDICAL ELEMENT ELEMENT OF HISTORY ELEMENT OF WAR ECONOMIC ELEMENT ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENT CHEMICAL ELEMENT and ELEMENT OF SURPRISE The idea is to place each element in terms of its importance in these various categories as well as giving all sorts of information about its history abundance and uses In the ELEMENT OF SURPRISE section Emsley usually comes up with something unusual or striking about the use or the history of the element In the case of iron Emsley cites a research project that fertilized a barren part of the ocean west of the Galapagos Islands with iron sulfate with dramatic results Within a week this barren span of ocean bloomed and turned green with plankton proving that it was simply lack of this metal that was limiting their growth p 211Included in the sections are tables showing how much of the element is in the human body in the blood in bones and tissues and how much is in the environment in the crust in the soil in sea water and the atmosphere A third table gives the element's chemical symbol its atomic number its atomic weight melting point boiling point density and oxides if anyThere is a final chapter on the history and development of the Periodic Table which I found interesting One of Emsley's strengths is his ability to make the material just so fascinating to read Part of that comes from his obvious love for his subject matter He is so good he makes me regret that I did not study chemistry when I was young Just reading this book has opened my eyes to some of the ideas of chemistry and has greatly improved my knowledge of what the elements are like and how they interact with one another to form various molecules as they become familiar and not so familiar substancesHere are examples of some of the fascinating details that can be found in the bookIridium is the most corrosion resistant metal known The standard metre bar kept in Paris is made of a platinum iridium alloy 90% platinum and 10% iridium but this was superseded as the basic unit of length in 1960 by a line in the atomic spectrum of krypton see p 213And on page 213 we find that The standard was changed in 1983 to one based on the speed of light in a vacuum a metre being the distance light travelled in 1299 793 458th of a second as measured by a light beam from a helium neon laserInside the body iron as ironIII is strongly bound by transferrin a protein found in serum and other secretions Transferrin binds iron tightly and because it does so it acts as a powerful antibiotic simply by denying this essential metal to any invading bacteria which need iron to multiply As soon as our body registers a bacterial invasion it produces transferrin to mop up any free iron in the blood stream and 'hide' it in the liver p 206Neodymium iron boron NIB magnets are so powerful that those handling them must wear protective glasses they fly together with such force that they can shatter and send splinters flying in all directions At times young people have used these industrial magnets to attach ornaments to their cheeks by putting one of the small magnets on the inside of the mouth However the magnet and ornament have then proved impossible to pull apart sometimes necessitating a visit to a hospital for surgical removal p 270I have two suggestions for the next edition 1 provide an index; 2 give us the value of the elements in terms of current or relative dollars or Euros It would be fun to compare I realize that in some cases the value of an element because it is so rare or not used for anything would be just an educated guess but that's okayAnother interesting book by John Emsley is The Thirteenth Element The Sordid Tale of Murder Fire and Phosphorus 2000 See my review Dennis Littrell author of “The World Is Not as We Think It Is”