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A Guide to the Elements

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Newly updated with the stunning discovery of two new elements, A Guide to the Elements, 2nd Edition is still the easy-to-read, easy-to-understand resource to the periodic table that students and teachers of the physical sciences expect. A Guide to the Elements, Second Edition begins with an introductory section that explains some of the basic concepts of chemistry and trac ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 246 pages
Published May 2nd 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 12th 1996)
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Britty Kitty
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Logan S.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“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
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
Dec 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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.
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Lots of interesting tidbits for anyone craving a bit of basic knowledge and trivia.
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