New to this edition
Readership: General readers with an interest in popular science; professional scientists; chemistry students. Very valuable reference for chemistry students and anyone working with elements.
John Emsley, Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge
John Emsley won the Science Book prize in 1995 for his Consumer's Good Chemical Guide, and followed this with a series of popular science books: Molecules at an Exhibition, Was it Something You Ate? (co-authored with P. Fell), and The Shocking History of Phosphorus, all of which have been translated into many other languages. After 20 years as a researcher and lecturer in chemistry at London University, he became a freelance writer, as well as Science Writer in Residence, first at Imperial College London and then at Cambridge University. In 2003
he was awarded the German Chemical Society's Writer's Award.
Review(s) from previous edition"Review(s) from previous edition"Emsley's design, layout and presentation is logical, clear and beautifully written. The introduction itself is both informative and full of unexpected, yet valuable information . . . I would recommend the work particularly as an essential bookshelf companion for all teachers of chemistry and as a project resource for students of all levels. - Chemistry in Britain March 2002
". . . [an] astonishingly comprehensive survey of nature's fundamental ingredients . . ." - New York Times 02/04/2002
"A readable and entertaining guide . . . Doubles as both an accessible reference source and an enjoyable and fascinating 'dip into' read." - Materials World 01/12/02
"What for many might be a dry and dusty collection of facts has been turned into an amusing and finely crafted set of mini-biographies. . . . This is a fine, amusing and quirky book that will sit as comfortably on an academic's bookshelf as beside the loo . . ." - Nature, 01/11/01
". . . fascinating book . . . deeply useful for both teachers and students of chemistry, at almost any level . . ." - New Scientist, 11/08/01
"This book is like a bar of Cadbury's chocolate: You can't eat just one square. Having said this, I think this is a wonderful book for scientists of all persuasions" - Andrew R. Barron, C & EN
The elements (A-Z)
The periodic table
Appendix: the discovery of the elements in chronological order
Lists of elements and atomic numbers