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Author Emsley, John.

Title Nature's building blocks : an A-Z guide to the elements / John Emsley.

Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  546 EMSL {Bund89 20200519}    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 538 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 533-538).
Summary Penned by award-winning science writer John Emsley, this book explains the what, why and wherefore of the chemical elements. Arranged alphabetically, from Actinium to Zirconium, it is a complete guide to all 115 of those that are currently known, with more extensive coverage of those elements we encounter in our everyday life. The entry on each element reveals where it came from, what role it may have in the human body, and the foods that contain it. There are also sections on its discovery, its part in human health or illness, the uses and misuses to which it is put, and its environmental role. Readers discover that the Earth consists of around 90 elements, some of which are abundant, such as the silicon and oxygen of rocks and soils, while some are so rare that they make gold seem cheap. Our own bodies contain about 30 elements, some in abundance, some in trace amounts; some vital to our health, and some that are positively harmful. A list of the main scientific data, and outline properties, are given for every element and each section ends with an "Element of Surprise," which highlights some unexpected way in which each element influences our everyday life.
Subject Chemical elements -- Dictionaries.
ISBN 0198503415
0198503415 £20.00
0198503415 (acid-free paper)
0198503415 {239}Đ20.00