Elemental (Hardcover)

How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything

By Tim James

Harry N. Abrams, 9781468317022, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/10/2020)

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About the Author

Tim James is an educator, blogger, inventor, and popular science lecturer for the Institute of Physics. Raised by missionaries in Nigeria, he graduated with a Master’s degree in chemistry specializing in computational quantum mechanics, and now teaches high school chemistry and physics.


Praise For Elemental: How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything

“Perfect for students and newcomers to science writing. . . . From the composition of the stars to the elements most useful to humans, James offers a cheerful selection of short, fascinating chapters suitable for reading in any order. A wide audience can enjoy this accessible peak into the history of chemistry and the periodic table."

— Publishers Weekly

“Who said science was dry? Certainly not Tim James. Whether he’s discussing strong acids, combustible humans or what would happen if all the elements were mixed together, this book brings the periodic table to life.”

— New York Post

“A science teacher by profession, Mr. James knows how to get his audience’s attention. . . . Elemental informs and entertains. . . . With hand-drawn diagrams, wacky humor and assorted facts,Elemental is great fun, taking us to realms beyond anything Mendeleyev ever dreamed of.”

— The Wall Street Journal