The Elements: A Very Short Introduction - Philip Ball

The Elements: A Very Short Introduction

By Philip Ball

  • Release Date: 2004-04-08
  • Genre: Chemistry


This Very Short Introduction traces the history and cultural impact of the elements on humankind, and examines why people have long sought to identify the substances around them. Looking beyond the Periodic Table, the author takes the reader on an engaging and entertaining tour: from the Greek philosophers who propounded a system with four elements - earth, air, fire, and water - to the modern-day scientists who are able to create their own.