The Elements: The New Guide to the Building Blocks of Our Universe

Carlton. 2012. 160p. illus. index. ISBN 9781780971254. $34.95. SCIENCE
Challoner (Genius: Great Inventors and Their Creations) presents a well-illustrated guide to the elements. Here is both a concise, visual introduction to basic concepts about the atom and a short history of the elements and development of the periodic table, as well as a profile for each element organized by the appropriate color-coded periodic table grouping. Challoner has created an attractively presented, up-to-date collection of profiles on the elements and how they affect our daily lives. Their impact on smartphone technology, forensic and medical applications, and historical photos mesh into a seamless narrative.
VERDICT Those wishing to add to their collection of guides to the elements may want to examine John Emlsey's Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements or Theodore Gray's more recent The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe for similar information and presentation. Strongly recommended for all science readers and instructors looking for supplements to their classroom texts.
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