The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction (英语) 平装 – 2011年10月27日
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an ideal ... gift to anyone intersted in the "central icon" of the "central science", especially students and young persons in general. (Foundations of Chemistry)
Scerri's writing is lively, engaging, and accessible. (Journal of Chemical Education)
Overall this stylish and snappy book will entertain and enlighten you, and its convenient size means it can do so when you're on the go (Chemistry World)
Dr Eric Scerri is a lecturere in chemistry as well as hisotry and philosophy of science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of three books, The Periodic Table: Its story and its significance, (OUP, 2007), Collected Papers on the Philosophy of Chemistry (Imperial College Press, 2008), and Selected Papers on the Periodic Table (Imperial College Press, 2009). He has authored over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and many articles in popular science magazines including Scientific American, American Scientist, Cosmos, and Chemical Heritage, among others. He is the editor of the Springer journal Foundations of Chemistry.
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He starts with the elements and some history of the discovery of the elements first identified by man. Interesting to understand how some brilliant men looked at the things around them, and figured out that there were some basic elements involved, and then determined what these basic elements were. The instrumentation available to start this work many years ago was crude in comparison to what is available today. From the initial work the scientific community evolved to identify the elements as we know them today, and their relationship to each other. They identified that the atoms are made up of electrons in outer shell(s), with a nucleus of charged protons and uncharged neutrons. Mendeleev, the Russian genius made significant contributions to the development of the Periodic Table. I had never known that there are approximately 1,000 different Periodic Tables which have been developed over the years.
All in all an interesting and informative little book. It is the story of how science struggled to develop that icon known as the Periodic Table of Elements.