By Eric Scerri (ed.)
The chemical components are the construction blocks of lifestyles, yet may you talk about the periodic desk over the dinner desk? Which components placed the blue into blu-ray and the lime into limelight? And are you aware sufficient approximately antimony, arsenic, and aluminum to light up the bar together with your elemental wisdom? 30-Second components offers you with the rules of chemical wisdom, distilling the 50 most vital chemical parts into half-a-minute person entries, utilizing not anything greater than pages, three hundred phrases, and one photograph. Divided into seven chapters, it contains the atomic information of the opposite sixty eight parts and the relationships of all 118, in addition to biographies of the chemists who reworked clinical wisdom and unlocked the mysteries of existence itself. Illustrated with explosive images, here's the fastest approach to comprehend your arsenic out of your europium.
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Net � 2013 by Ivy Press Limited The editor and contributors have asserted their moral rights. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, or by any means, without prior permission in writing from the publisher. uk Creative Director Peter Bridgewater Publisher Jason Hook Editorial Director Caroline Earle Art Director Michael Whitehead Project Editor Jamie Pumfrey Designer Ginny Zeal Illustrator Ivan Hissey Glossaries Text Charles Phillips Science Editor Sara Hulse ISBN: 978-1-84831-616-4 Colour origination by Ivy Press Reprographics 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 CONTENTS Introduction Alkali & Alkaline Earths GLOSSARY & ELEMENTS Sodium Potassium Francium Profile: Dmitri Mendeleev Magnesium Calcium Radium 30 Rare Earths GLOSSARY & ELEMENTS Promethium Europium Gadolinium Protactinium Uranium Profile: Glenn T.
The chart classifies all the known elements, those most fundamental components that make up the whole earth – and, indeed, the whole universe as far as we know. But perhaps we didn’t appreciate at the time that the periodic table is without doubt one of the most important scientific discoveries ever made and is fundamental to our knowledge of chemistry today. The core idea is deceptively simple – arrange the elements in order of increasing weight of their atoms and every so often we arrive at an element that shows chemical and physical similarities with a previous one.
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