Encyclopedia of the Elements - P. Enghag
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Encyclopedia of the Elements:Technical Data-History-Processing-ApplicationsThe publication of Per Enghag’s book Encyclopedia of the Elements is a project that the
Swedish National Committee has decided to support because the book and its message
is important for teachers and pupils in senior high schools and also for students
and scientists at the universities.
Apart from its considerable scientific and technical value to researchers and professionals
in industry, the book is a well-written encyclopedia about the elements,
their occurrence and use by mankind. The book is an exciting and also humorous
general view of the element discoveries. It lets us meet the discoverers to see how
they worked, thought and believed.
History of science deals with people and how they act towards scientific facts. One
cannot enough emphasize the importance of this type of history to create interest for
and understanding of scientific models and ideas. This book is a good example.
June 2004, Gothenbur
Description about Encyclopedia of the Elements: Technical Data - History - Processing - Applications
Famous for its history of numerous element discoverers, Sweden is the origin of this comprehensive encylopedia of the elements.
It provides both an important database for professionals as well as detailed reading ranging from historical facts, discoverers' portraits, colour plates of mineral types, natural occurrences, and industrial figures to winning and refining processes, biological roles and applications in modern chemistry, engineering and industry.
Elemental data is presented in fact tables which include numerous physical and thermodynamic properties, isotope lists, radiation absorption characteristics, NMR parameters, and others. Further pertinent data is supplied in additional tables throughout the text.
Published in Swedish in three volumes from 1998 to 2000, the contents have been revised and expanded by the author for this English edition.
Table of Contents
The Knowledge of Matter
The Elements, Their Origin and Occurrence, Discovery and Names
Spectral analysis and Discovery of Elements
Sodium and Potassium
Rubidium and Caesium
Magnesium and Calcium
Strontium and Barium
Gallium, Indium and Thallium
Arsenic, Antimony and Bismuth
Selenium and Tellurium
"...in an encyclopedia that brims with life-long reference value, the student has the whole and complete record of the elements at his fingertips."
"... goes beyond just listing properties and chemical facts. It is full of interesting historical
information, anecdotes and fascinating asides."
"The book is well researched and very accurate, providing the reader with reliable information. ...is a highly interesting addition to the chemical literature. ... I do not know of any other book that could at this moment be listed as a serious competitor. ...is a full-sized academic source of reference that will probably rapidly find lots of friends in all fields from (of course) inorganic chemistry, mineralogy and material science but probably among solid-state physics and geochemists, too."
The Chemical Educator
"...is full of fascinating accounts of the history of the elements and the uses to which they are put."
Chemistry & Industry
"... the most comprehensive >one-stop< compilation of factual data on the chemical elements and their history, occurrence and applications."
"...a useful compendium of the science, technology, culture, and history of the elements...for anyone interested in the history of chemistry, it should be a pleasure to pick an element at random and read one of these delightful essays..."
American Reference Books Annual, 2005
"This excellent encyclopedia deserves to reach a wide readership, and it is to be hoped that it will be bought by many university, senior school, and even city libraries."
Angewandte Chemie I.E.
"...a valuable reference book for any scientist or engineer ... professional chemists, physicists, mineralogists, and metallurgists as well as students ...will find the history of the elements, their discovery and properties interesting."
"The book is well researched and very accurate, providing the reader with reliable information. ... The Encyclopedia of the Elements is a highly interesting addition to the chemical literature. ... I do not know of any other book that could at this moment be listed as a serious competitor. ... The Encyclopedia of the Elements is a full-sized academic source of reference that will probably rapidly find lots of friends in all fields from (of course) inorganic chemistry, mineralogy and material science but probably among solid-state physics and geochemists, too."
--Dr. Thomas Lazar for The Chemical Educator