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Elemental: How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything

Tim James

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If you want to understand how our world works, the periodic table holds the answers. This book shows you how to use it to understand all the ingredients necessary to make a world.

'Witty, pacy and fascinating . . . the best book on science I've ever read.'
Karl Dixon

How many bananas would it take to give you radiation sickness? Can human beings really spontaneously combust? What's the strongest acid ever made?

The answers to all these questions and many, many more can be found in the periodic table of elements.

Passionate science educator Tim James provides an informative, entertaining and quirkily illustrated guide to the table that shows clearly how this abstract and seemingly jumbled graphic is relevant to our day-to-day lives. As he puts it, elements are 'the building blocks nature uses for cosmic cookery; the purest substances making up everything from beetroot to bicycles.'

In June 2016, with the addition of four final elements - nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson - the table was finally completed, enabling Elemental to examine the table in its final form.

Whether you're studying the periodic table for the first time or are simply interested in the fundamental building blocks of the universe - from the core of the sun to the networks in your brain - Elemental is the perfect guide.

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Tim James

Tim James is a secondary-school science teacher, YouTuber, blogger and Instagrammer. Raised by missionaries in Nigeria, he fell in love with science at the age of fifteen and refuses to get over his infatuation. After graduating with a Master's degree in chemistry, specialising in computational quantum mechanics, he decided to get straight into the classroom and now teaches science to anyone who will listen.

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