Here is the first book to provide a complete natural history of the elements. This interdisciplinary guide will give the reader a broad, non-technical view of the origin of the elements, the factors controlling their abundances, and their distributions in the Earth, solar system, and universe. This unique volume is based on a series of lectures given for freshman chemistry students and will be of equal value to both undergraduates and professors in all physical sciences. It includes a broad introduction to the range of existing elements and information on their nuclear and chemical properties, as well as coverage of radioactive elements, the condensation of the elements, the elements of life and the oceans. Valuable appendix materials include coverage of elemental abundances and isotopic composition, while suggestions for further reading are provided at the end of each chapter.
'P.A. Cox has produced a truly mind-broadening book, which I recommend strongly.' Education in Chemistry Jan 1990
'The author is to be congratulated on writing what may be considered to be the first natural history of the elements. This has been done in such a fashion as to be perfectly intelligible to students of other scientific disciplines ... well produced ... definitely recommended reading for first year students of many scientific disciplines, but particularly for chemists.'
Journal of Molecular Structure, 240 (1990)
'Tthis is an excellent and extremely readable book, for university undergraduate level and above.'K. Huddersman, Applied Organometallic Chemistry
Introduction; Nuclear and chemical properties; The origin of the elements; Cosmochemistry and the solar system; The distribution of elements on the earth's surface; Isotope distributions; Appendix A: Abundances; Appendix B: Isotopic compositions of the elements.
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 20th July 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.36