Bridget's Reviews > Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

Elements by Theodore Gray
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Feb 21, 2011

really liked it

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the amazing photographs of the elements and learning about their interesting applications in the real world. (I am no longer shocked by the alarming number of people who have cancer, considering household smoke detectors contain tiny amounts of radioactive americium.) The informational diagrams for each element could be very useful for students and would be an excellent choice for a reference book on the elements.

My main gripe about this book is the fact that all of the pages are black with white text. While this is visually appealing at first glance, it makes the text harder to read. Also, the particular finish of the pages combined with the black background color leaves every fingerprint and smudge visible. Very annoying, especially when its a library book and you can see the fingerprints of the people who had the book before you. Yuck!

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