Kids on Fire: The Elements Provides A Visual Introduction To Chemistry

The award-winning, bestselling book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe (5/5 stars, currently priced at $15.99) offers gorgeous, interactive images of the elements of the Periodic Table together with information about each one’s properties and uses. Note that due to all the high-quality photographs, this title has been optimized for viewing on larger, full color screens.

KF on KND Editor’s Note: photos in the book are easily enlarged with a double-tap, and will automatically re-orient and re-size when you turn your tablet from portrait to landscape view, for a slightly larger view of images intended to be seen in landscape orientation. I bought a copy of this book myself and have tested it personally, since I know the photos are one of the major draws of this book.

Filled with gorgeous photos of the elements in their natural states and employed as part of various materials, together with highly accessible text that’s written with students and the layperson in mind, this book makes the Periodic Table come alive as never before. From Amazon:

The Elements has become an international sensation, with over one million copies in-print worldwide.

The highly-anticipated [electronic] edition of The Elements is finally available.

An eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table.

The elements are what we, and everything around us, are made of. But how many elements has anyone actually seen in pure, uncombined form? The Elements provides this rare opportunity. Based on seven years of research and photography, the pictures in this book make up the most complete, and visually arresting, representation available to the naked eye of every atom in the universe. Organized in order of appearance on the periodic table, each element is represented by a spread that includes a stunning, full-page, full-color photograph that most closely represents it in its purest form. For example, at -183°C, oxygen turns from a colorless gas to a beautiful pale blue liquid.

Also included are fascinating facts, figures, and stories of the elements as well as data on the properties of each, including atomic weight, density, melting and boiling point, valence, electronegativity, and the year and location in which it was discovered. Several additional photographs show each element in slightly altered forms or as used in various practical ways. The element’s position on the periodic table is pinpointed on a mini rendering of the table and an illustrated scale of the element’s boiling and/or melting points appears on each page along with a density scale that runs along the bottom.

Packed with interesting information, this combination of solid science and stunning artistic photographs is the perfect gift book for every sentient creature in the universe.


Click here to get The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe.


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