By Ball P.
This Very brief advent is an exhilarating and non-traditional method of figuring out the terminology, homes, and type of chemical components. It lines the heritage and cultural impression of the weather on humankind, and examines why humans have lengthy sought to spot the elements round them. The publication contains chapters on specific components equivalent to gold, iron, and oxygen, displaying how they formed tradition and expertise. taking a look past the Periodic desk, the writer examines our dating with subject, from the simple imaginative and prescient of the Greek philosophers, who believed there have been 4 elements-earth, air, hearth, and water-to the paintings of modern day scientists in developing parts corresponding to hassium and meitnerium. choked with anecdotes, the weather is a hugely enticing and enjoyable exploration of the elemental query: what's the global made up of?