The Elements

The Elements

A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

Book - 2009
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The Elements has become an international sensation, with over one million copies in-print worldwide.

An eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table.

The elements are what we, and everything around us, are made of. But how many elements has anyone actually seen in pure, uncombined form? The Elements provides this rare opportunity. Based on seven years of research and photography, the pictures in this book make up the most complete, and visually arresting, representation available to the naked eye of every atom in the universe. Organized in order of appearance on the periodic table, each element is represented by a spread that includes a stunning, full-page, full-color photograph that most closely represents it in its purest form. For example, at -183°C, oxygen turns from a colorless gas to a beautiful pale blue liquid.

Also included are fascinating facts, figures, and stories of the elements as well as data on the properties of each, including atomic weight, density, melting and boiling point, valence, electronegativity, and the year and location in which it was discovered. Several additional photographs show each element in slightly altered forms or as used in various practical ways. The element's position on the periodic table is pinpointed on a mini rendering of the table and an illustrated scale of the element's boiling and/or melting points appears on each page along with a density scale that runs along the bottom.

Packed with interesting information, this combination of solid science and stunning artistic photographs is the perfect gift book for every sentient creature in the universe.

Includes a tear-out poster of Theodore Gray's iconic Photographic Periodic Table!

Baker & Taylor
The elements are what we - and everything around us - are made of. But how many elements have you seen in their pure, raw, uncombined form? This book presents photographic representations of the 118 elements in the period table, along with facts, figuresand stories about each one.

Book News
Engaging text and photographs vividly showcase each element of the periodic table, offering a heightened sense of the material world to, truly, everyone--from students encountering chemistry in school for the first time to adults with a vague notion of facts learned long ago, to anyone curious and alive to either the aesthetics and the practicalities of "stuff." The photos include a full-page image of the pure element and smaller photos that show how that particular configuration of matter manifests itself in familiar, every-day objects. Gray has a media presence with his science writings; he is also co-founder of the company that created the technical software Mathematica and is a charming interpreter of the sciences for a general audience. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, c2009
ISBN: 9781579128142
Branch Call Number: 546.8 GRA
Characteristics: 240 p. :,col. ill., ports. ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mann, Nick


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Jul 25, 2018

My eight-year-old daughter and I read this aloud cover to cover at bedtime over the course of a month or so. The author is passionate about elements (and element collecting!), and he presents each of them to the reader as though introducing an interesting friend or acquaintance. We learned a lot and have newfound respect for these mighty building blocks of matter.

Nov 29, 2016

Visually stunning and great information

Sep 08, 2016

beautiful photos, concise descriptions of Elements from the Periodic Table. I was pleasantly surprised with the tongue in cheek humor / hubris of the author. His writing of the cause & analysis of the chemical compounds in some cases is lol. I peruse the picture book at night before bed; I feel like I'm learning something about chemistry w/o being forced to understand chemistry.

Jun 19, 2016

Great substitute given many elements fatal to humans.

dragonrabbit Aug 07, 2015

Excellent book! Great photographs and information (and a touch of humor) on all of the elements, The author's website on the Periodic Table is also worth looking at.

Jun 15, 2013

I can't say I've ever been interested in elements whatsoever, but this book stood out to me on the science shelves and I'm glad I picked it up. Really gives a good, enjoyable rundown of what existence is made of.

jcharmed Oct 19, 2012

great pictures and just enough information to get my son a 99 on his elements project.

Dec 30, 2011

This shows whatever you need to know about the basics of elements

Nov 30, 2011

I didn't get to finish this book because when I went renew this there were holds for it!!!!!!!!! so I put another hold on it. THIS BOOK IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOR LEARNING THE PERIODIC TABLE ESSPECIALLY IF YOUR JUST STARTIN TO LEARN IT LIKE MEEEE.

jimbedley Sep 30, 2011

Excellent, just excellent. I literally could not put it down (and its really heavy!)

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