07 January 2010

The Elements

This isn't so much of a "review" as a shameless plug.  I am not above shamelessly plugging things that teach us about chemistry.

The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe is an absolutely fantastic book about the Periodic Table of Elements and is a must-have for every coffee table owner.  Theodore Gray writes the Gray Matter column for Popular Science and likes The Periodic Table, an understatement (you've probably seen his photographic periodic table poster - you can see the interactive version here).  His new book about the elements that make up every fiber of our being is full of breathtaking photography.  It's also incredibly fun to read with descriptions of each of the 118 elements of Mendeleev's table (there's an element found in old implanted medical devices that must return to Los Alamos when you die...now you'll need to read the book to find out which one it is).  Everyone will like this book, from children to adults. 

Especially science nerds like me (did I mention I was in a chemistry fraternity?).

Go. Buy. Now.  Yay, chemistry!

Current book-in-progress: Illness, What are Intellectuals Good For?, and A Jury of Her Peers
Current knitted item: baby sweater for my new niece
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