The Elements - A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
Even if you do not have a science class to study for, and you don't have kids in 5th grade that have to memorize the periodic table of elements, you still can benefit from and love this book. And if you DO have a science class, and you're currently studying the elements, then get this book because not only will you get the information you need, you'll have fun reading it.
Theodore Gray explains clearly, in language pretty much anyone can understand, how exactly the periodic table got its shape. (Why the big gaps?) He will answer the truly important questions as well, like why alkali metals are fun to throw into a lake. (I've always wanted to know that.) And why we should stop thinking of cubic zirconia as fake diamond and start thinking of diamond as overpriced cubic zirconia.
A tear-out poster of Theodore Gray's periodic table is included as well, with pictures of each element. Just looking at the chart made me want to dig into the book itself and learn about each element- now I leave the book out because everyone that comes over to my house loves browsing through this, and who would have thought a book on the periodic table of elements would make the best coffee table book?
Each element is summarized with pictures of all kinds of applications for each one, including historical applications. (Toothpaste made with thorium?) Its amazing to learn of what people used to think of as promoting health- radioactive elements! Thankfully we know better now.
Add to your periodic table learning program with a large poster, and cards:
There is an ipad app as well: