Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Guide to the Elements” as Want to Read:
A Guide to the Elements
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Guide to the Elements

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The chemical elements and the basic principles of chemistry are the foundations of all scientific study, but this is the first book devoted to making information about the elements easily available and understandable. A Guide to the Elements begins with an introductory section that explains some of the basic concepts of chemistry and traces the history and development of t ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 12th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Guide to the Elements, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Guide to the Elements

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
really liked it 4.00  · 
Rating details
 ·  83 ratings  ·  10 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Britty Kitty
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Loved it.

Only thing that bugged me was the basically same couple sentences that was basically copy/paste'd for each rare earth metal stating that most of the world's rare earth metals come from Mongolia, but some are found in... blah blah zzzZZZZzz. It got really annoyed reading that over and over.

The book could use some updates. (I read the third addition). I had to laugh that in one of the earlier elements it was like 'you'll find this frequently in your home electronics' - then went on to lis
Logan S.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A Guide to the Elements Second Edition” by Albert Stwertka is an indispensable resource to learn about each of the elements with mind-blowing factual information that you do not know about. At the beginning of this book there is a tutorial of the basics of how to understand how the periodic table is set up. The Guide to the Elements is organized by the atomic number of the element and tells astounding facts about every one of the 114 elements known to man. The facts are like who discovered thi ...more
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provides an overview of the periodic table, followed by a page (or two or three) describing each element. The descriptions generally include rough characteristics of the element, its discovery, and its commercial uses. The book format is more like a reference book than a narrative, but its interesting style made it enjoyable, easy reading from cover to cover.

This is "sandbox" chemistry, but the book is amply interesting for the non-technical reader or for the less sophisticated studen
Cathy Douglas
This has nice little stories about all the elements, focusing especially on what products and industries use each of them. Stwertka also covers the timeline of discovery, ores, and physical properties. The common elements get interesting write-ups, but once you get down to the rare earth elements and the actinide sequence they all start to sound the same. Overall, a pretty good book for getting to know the kinds of atoms that make up the Universe.

Incredibly, my edition has an error in its refere
Thomas Rickels
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this book covers all the elements on the periodic table. It gives in detail some of the properties, uses and history of each element. This book really helped with gaining a general understanding of each element.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Very good. Lots of information.
Kenny Fesler
rated it really liked it
Aug 29, 2014
rated it liked it
Sep 03, 2010
rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2014
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of interesting tidbits for anyone craving a bit of basic knowledge and trivia.
Andrew Corkum
rated it really liked it
Mar 17, 2019
Carlon Lamont
rated it it was amazing
Aug 25, 2015
rated it it was ok
Feb 09, 2015
rated it liked it
Oct 01, 2007
rated it liked it
Dec 16, 2018
Elizabeth R.
rated it really liked it
Aug 31, 2019
rated it liked it
Aug 08, 2010
rated it liked it
Oct 09, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Jul 31, 2015
John Turano
rated it liked it
Jan 15, 2016
Jennifer Rao
rated it it was amazing
May 10, 2017
Joanna Jiang
rated it really liked it
Jul 17, 2013
rated it really liked it
Sep 13, 2018
Katherine Johnston
rated it it was amazing
May 19, 2016
Guylaine Cardinal
rated it liked it
Apr 08, 2017
rated it really liked it
Mar 07, 2015
rated it really liked it
Oct 26, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements
  • The Earth's Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics, and Change
  • Global Warming: The Complete Briefing
  • 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know
  • Weather for Dummies
  • The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance
  • Origins Reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human
  • Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel
  • Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
  • The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of Our Electrified World
  • Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?
  • The Foundation: A Great American Secret: How Private Wealth Is Changing the World
  • The Hair Of The Dog: And Other Scientific Surprises
  • Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age
  • Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization
  • A World-Class Education
  • The Handy Science Answer Book
  • How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
See similar books…