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A Guide to the Elements by Albert Stwertka
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Dec 23, 2009

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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 reference copy of the periodic table, listing both titanium and tantalum as "Ti". I'm sure that's been changed in more recent editions.

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