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The Extraordinary Elements

Written by Colin Stuart

Illustrated by Ximo Abadia

Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 General Non-Fiction Reference Books Science

LoveReading View on The Extraordinary Elements

A bright, very informative introduction to the periodic table

The Periodic Table Personified

Colin Stuart is a renowned astronomy speaker, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a well-regarded writer across a wide variety of media, hence this book comes with an impeccable pedigree. The delight of it is that it has taken a rather solemn and serious subject and – by presenting all the information in infographics – created a bright, very informative introduction to the periodic table!

Each element in the Periodic table has a whole page devoted to the information about it – which includes a delightful host of weird and wonderful characters playing the elements!  

Each element is presented as a figure (host) with symbols showing its state at room temperature i.e. solid, liquid or gas, then where on earth it can be found.  There are symbols for whether it is harmful to humans or not and any special use it is put to.  A picture of the electron shell formation is included, its atomic mass and also the elements’ rankings i.e. its density, melting point and boiling point.  This plus the date of discovery, and a short paragraph on typical usage of the element make this a valuable and informative look at the Periodic table.  

I feel sure the interesting approach and the fun illustrations will help some young chemists find a way into the topic perhaps earlier than usual.  It will also have real benefit in aiding those of us who may otherwise struggle with Chemistry – me included!

Tricia Adams

The Extraordinary Elements Synopsis

Rock out with Roentgenium or get fizzy with Francium in this lively periodic table book that presents the extraordinary elements as you've never seen them before.

With the help of Alice Cooper, Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain and a whole host of weird and wonderful characters both real and imagined, The Extraordinary Elements presents the periodic table as you have never seen before.

Gripping facts and easy-to-access information accompany stunning infographics and the personified elements, as well as chemistry basics.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787417342
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Colin Stuart
Illustrator: Ximo Abadia
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 136 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
Topics: General Non-Fiction, Reference Books, Science

About Colin Stuart

Colin Stuart is a renowned astronomy speaker and author whose books have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a 2014 runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize, Colin has also written publications featured in The Guardian, New Scientist, BBC Focus and The Observer, and has spoken about the wonders of the universe on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live. 

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