This is the Best Presentation Ever Given
saw this on Boing Boing this morning
Spectacular close-up photographs of the elements
The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
by Theodore Gray
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
2012, 240 pages, 10 x 10 x .06
$11 Buy a copy on Amazon
For being so fundamental to our lives, the chemical elements are a mystery to most of us. What does calcium look like? Or silicon? Everyone in school has seen a Periodic Table of the Elements, but who has ever seen a bit of chlorine — half of common salt? Theo Gray first began chasing down pure samples of each element mostly as a nerdy joke — in order to make a Periodic Table Table, a hefty wooden table holding a bit of every element in the Periodic Table. He found it more difficult than he imagined, but decades later he had his table of 95 stable elements. Each slot holds the elemental sample and as many other artifacts that use or depend on that element. This heavy duty book is a photographic version of his Table Table, featuring close-up portraits of the element and its uses. The book will humble you as you realize you have never heard of half of the elements. Now here they are, in high fashion glamour! On each element page you’ll get a conversational update on what’s special about it, and why you should care. It’s a perfect table book — a Periodic Table Table table book. – Kevin Kelly
i didn’t know what to think when my son got this book. but we read it and, well, it’s fascinating. and very funny too.
for Amber. always for Amber.