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The periodic kingdom : [electronic resource] a journey into the land of the chemical elements / P.W. Atkins.

By: Atkins, P. W. (Peter William), 1940-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Science masters series. Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, c1995Description: ix, 161 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0465072658; 9780465072651; 0788155180; 9780788155185.Subject(s): Chemical elements | Periodic law | Elementen (chemie) | Periodiek systeem der elementenAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Periodic kingdom.DDC classification: 541.2/4 Other classification: 35.00 Online resources: Publisher description | Free eBook from the Internet Archive | Additional information and access via Open Library
Contents:
Geography: The terrain -- The products of the regions -- Physical geography -- History: The history of discovery -- The naming of the regions -- The origin of the land -- The cartographers -- Government and institutions: laws of the interior -- The laws of the exterior -- Regional administration -- Liaisons and alliances -- Epilog.
Review: "Just how does the periodic table help us make sense of the world around us? Using vivid imagery, ingenious analogies, and liberal doses of humor, P. W. Atkins answers this question. He shows us that the Periodic Kingdom is a systematic place. Detailing the geography, history, and governing institutions of this imaginary landscape, he demonstrates how physical similarities can point to deeper affinities, and how the location of an element can be used to predict its properties." "Atkins tells us about the cosmic origins of the elements and introduces the intrepid explorers and cartographers who expanded the frontiers of the kingdom: Humphry Davy, the nineteenth-century chemist who identified and catalogued several of the common metallic elements; Dmitri Mendeleev, the Russian scientist who (legend has it) saw in a dream the prototype of the modern periodic table; and the Manhattan Project scientists who originated the techniques still used today to map the dangerously radioactive regions."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [151]-152) and index.

Geography: The terrain -- The products of the regions -- Physical geography -- History: The history of discovery -- The naming of the regions -- The origin of the land -- The cartographers -- Government and institutions: laws of the interior -- The laws of the exterior -- Regional administration -- Liaisons and alliances -- Epilog.

"Just how does the periodic table help us make sense of the world around us? Using vivid imagery, ingenious analogies, and liberal doses of humor, P. W. Atkins answers this question. He shows us that the Periodic Kingdom is a systematic place. Detailing the geography, history, and governing institutions of this imaginary landscape, he demonstrates how physical similarities can point to deeper affinities, and how the location of an element can be used to predict its properties." "Atkins tells us about the cosmic origins of the elements and introduces the intrepid explorers and cartographers who expanded the frontiers of the kingdom: Humphry Davy, the nineteenth-century chemist who identified and catalogued several of the common metallic elements; Dmitri Mendeleev, the Russian scientist who (legend has it) saw in a dream the prototype of the modern periodic table; and the Manhattan Project scientists who originated the techniques still used today to map the dangerously radioactive regions."--BOOK JACKET.

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