Book review: The Periodic Table – A Visual Guide to the Elements by Tom Jackson
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- Published on Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:03
- Last Updated on 19 October 2017
- Monica Costa
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As a parent of a secondary school child who has tons of homework every day, I am always after books that can help instil passion for the subjects studied at school and help support his learning. I have found an amazing manual for basic chemistry that does exactly this. It’s The Periodic Table: A Visual Guide to the Elements by Tom Jackson recently published by Aurum Press.
From the little-known uses of gold in medicine to the development of the hydrogen bomb, this is a fresh new look at the Periodic Table. It helps children answer some chemistry basic questions: Which is the densest element? Which has the largest atoms? And why are some elements radioactive?
Combining cutting edge science with fascinating facts and stunning infographics, this book looks at the extraordinary stories of discovery, properties and surprising uses of each elements, whether solid, liquid or gas – naturally occurring, synthesised or theoretical.
From hydrogen to oganesson, the book is a fact-filled visual guide to each element,each accompanied by technical date (including category, atomic number, weight, boiling point) as well as fun facts and stories about their discovery and surprising uses.
The Periodic Table is a fresh new approach to a truly remarkable and instantly recognisable piece of science.
About the author
Tom Jackson is a science writer based in the UK. Over the last 20 years, Tom has written books, magazine and newspaper articles, for online and for television on a wide range of subjects and has worked on projects with Brian May, Patrick Moore, Marcus de Sautoy and Carol Vorderman.
The Periodic Table by Tom Jackson. Published by Aurum, an imprint of The Quarto Group (£20). Out now. Available to buy from Amazon.
Photos credits: All main illustrations © Andi Best – Except photographic images on the following pages: 113A © By Guillermo Pis Gonzalez/Shutterstock.com, 113B © By M. Unal Ozmen/Shutterstock.com, 113C © By cobalt88/Shutterstock.com, 113D © By Photo Love/Shutterstock.com, 113E © By Fotokostic/Shutterstock.com; 149A © By Dmitrydesign/Shutterstock.com, 149B © By Oliver Hoffmann/Shutterstock.com, 149C © By Mariyana M/Shutterstock.com, 149D © By drawhunter/Shutterstock. com, 149E © By elnavegante/Shutterstock.com
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