The Chemical Element

The Chemical Element

A Historical Perspective

Book - 2006
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A short accessible introduction to how scientists have come to understand the basic concept of chemistry - the element
One of the most familiar features of any high-school chemistry lab is the Periodic Table of Elements. Elegant, informative, useful to any student in the lab - the Periodic Table neatly summarizes our scientific knowledge of the chemical elements from hydrogen to uranium and beyond - atomic number, atomic weight, isotopes, and more. But how did scientists discover all of these features of the elements? How did the Periodic Table come to be? And, even more basically, how did the concept of the chemical element come to dominate how scientists understand chemistry? This book shows readers the answers to these and other questions regarding the scientific understanding of matter.

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This high-school level or general reader's guide to the study of matter at the theoretical and experimental level starts almost in the darkness of time with the Egyptian god Osiris and the ancient theory of matter. It then covers Greek matter theory including geometric solids, Zeno's paradox, Aristotle's model of the universe, including his four elements and four qualities, and discusses Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian concepts, including the Yin-Yang symbol. It covers the alchemical symbols that sorted materials and planets and the contributions of alchemist David Teniers the Younger in the seventeenth century, the building of order through Boyle's air pump, Priestley's gas-collecting pneumatic trough, Lavoisier's constant pressure gas pump and reaction vessels, and Lavoisier's table of simple substances, followed by research on the atomic elements and the elements above 92. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Looks at the history of matter theory, from the ancient times until the present day.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780313333040
Branch Call Number: 546 EDE
Characteristics: xiv, 183 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm


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