The Elements: A Very Short Introduction - Very Short Introductions (Paperback)Philip Ball (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Weight: 161 g
Dimensions: 174 x 112 x 12 mm
Ball is one of the most prolific and imaginative of contemporary science writers. He has plenty of attitude, boasts a fine knowledge of visual art and a literary sensibility, and his science is encyclopaedic. - Chemistry in Britain
A delight of a book.... Elegantly written...it's far-reaching, entertaining and salted with anecdote.... It could become a classic. Hold on to your first edition - Roy Herbert, New Scientist
engaging tour of the chemical elements - Sunday Telegraph
Philip Ball's book is an excellent introduction. I would have loved the book as an enthusiastic sixteen year-old and I would recommend it as a Christmas present to anyone at that age, and to journalists who may occasionally wish to appear smarter than they actually are. - Simon Robinson, Chemistry and Industry
a series of invigorating dips - Guardian
Ball's choices are sound, his style is attractive - Evening Standard
Ball brings the periodic table to life - Maia Weinstock, Discover
A beautifully written and elegantly illustrated synthesis of chemistry and culture. Popularization of science at its very best. - Sir John Meurig Thomas, University of Cambridge
The book contains some delightful anecdotes - David Johnson, Times Higher Educational Supplement
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