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World of the Elements: Elements of the World

World of the Elements: Elements of the World

Hans-Jürgen Quadbeck-Seeger

ISBN: 978-3-527-61157-7

Jul 2007

118 pages

Description

You know that you need oxygen to breathe, that neon can glow and chrome shines? But did you know that your cell phone contains arsenic, your spectacles contain rhodium and that the tin pest is not a disease? And can you name just three researchers whom we have to thank for all these results?

Here, Professor Quadbeck-Seeger, a long-serving member of the board at BASF, goes in search of these and other questions. Based on the periodic table, the key reference source for any natural scientist, he explains the criteria that define an element's position in the table and are responsible for its particular characteristics. In a clear and concise manner, he describes for each element the story behind its discovery, its physical and chemical properties as well as its role in our everyday lives. Enriched by a wealth of interesting details, this beautifully designed book in full color represents not only varied reading, but also a treasure trove of surprising facts.

Ideally combined with the "Historical Periodic Table" poster, this book is aimed at younger audiences and is thus particularly suitable for schools, lectures and other courses.

About the Historical Periodic Table and the Chemometer 6

Data and Facts

The History of the Atomic Model 16

The Elements of the World 25

Properties, Discovery, Occurance & Applications

Where to from Here? 83

The Elements and Life 84

The Elements in Culture and Language 88

Chemical Olympics 90

Interesting Facts from the World of Chemistry

Fall of a Winged Word 95

Water 96

Appendix

Chronology of the Discovery of the Elements 98

Places of Discovery 99

Periodicity of Atomic Properties 100

Abundance of the Elements 102

World Production of Elements and Raw Materials 104

Nobel Prize Winners 106

Alternative Representations of the Periodic System 107

Occupation of the Shells and Orbitals 108

The World of the Elements — Literature 109

Sources of Photograph 110

"Quadbeck-Seeger's book is the one to grab for a quick bit of information: Where is tellurium located on the periodic table? What is it used for? What is the atomic weight? Almost all elements get half a page dedicated to this sort of information." (Journal of Industrial Ecology, 2009)

"In this book you will find all necessary and interesting facts about the elements."  (Metall, October 2007)