Mystery of the Periodic Table

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Item #: 029477
ISBN: 9781883937713
Grades: 5-Adult
Author: Benjamin Wiker

Additional Details

Publisher: Bethlehem Books
Contributor:Jeanne Bendick (Illustrator)
Pub. Date: May 2003
Binding: Trade Paper
Pages: 170
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.; .549 lbs.
Edition: illustrated
Language: English
Series Title: Living History Library
Age Range: 10 to UP
Audience: Young Adult

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When our order arrived recently I planned on looking through things to see if I wanted to return anything Well I ended up reading through this entire book and going to bed at one am! Chemistry was something I 'got through' in high school But this book was so engaging and interesting and so clearly laid out the development of modern Chemistry that I was unwilling to put it down It is written in a conversational tone and speaks directly to the reader It makes the early alchemists and the later chemists into real people with real investigative passions There were two things that I really appreciated from this book which sort of surprised me: First it was made evident that an intelligence was behind the elements The book points out many ways that Chemistry is orderly exact and not accidental He doesn't say "God invented the elements and their properties" but he has at least three paragraphs full of exclamation points and sentences expressing wonder at the perfection that the chemists were astounded to find Second the author repeatedly describes how the chemist had the wrong idea but experimented the right way; or he had just the right idea but made the wrong conclusion I found these instances very encouraging especially for the young scientist because it explains that trial and error is a crucial part of finding out facts of science I don't want my kids to research a question make a hypothesis do an experiment get an unexpected result and count it a total failure The author goes into some effort to show how the chemists of days past stumbled in a group effort spanning centuries to come to the presently known Periodic TableUntil I read this book I thought that the Periodic Table was just a reference guide and now I know it is a historical methodical even beautiful and interesting diagram I plan on reading this book to my third grader Then when we cycle back to Chemistry in seventh grade she can read it on her own I think it is an excellent value I know of no other product like it that includes all the chemists and their experiments sketches of their apparati and how they worked off each other's contributions and change each others outlooks It includes updates up to almost present day It is an excellent explanation of many basic (chemistry)elements; a few experiments; entirely comprised of biographies; easily God-glorifying; written in an exciting manner which carries the reader along
April 19, 2009
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Crystal A on Aug 16, 2019
A book used by Ambleside Online for year 6
Rosemary S on Jul 18, 2019
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Crystal A on Aug 16, 2019
This is an Ambleside Online book recommendation.
Carrie S on Jul 25, 2019
A book used by Ambleside Online for year 6
Rosemary S on Jul 18, 2019
It is on the Ambleside Online curriculum for year 6
Amanda Y on May 22, 2019
I am using the Ambleside Online Year 6 curriculum, and it's included on the reading list.
Alison S on Aug 16, 2018
Recommended by a friend
Melanie M on Feb 28, 2018
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book
Carrie M on Sep 18, 2016
Doing Guest Hollow high School Chemistry this fall
Ellen F on Aug 26, 2016
I'm using The Elements, Ingredients of the Universe to teach my 8th grader about chemistry. Saw this book recommended as a supplement. Looking forward to reading with my child.
CYNTHIA S on Aug 24, 2016
It caught my attention because of the illustrator (Jeanne Bendick--I've liked her other books and wanted to know if you had anything else like hers). Our family also enjoys many Bethlehem Reprints books so I assume it will be good.
Deanna K on Aug 16, 2016
school required
Marvin, Jr M on Aug 13, 2016
Highly recommended by a friend
Nancy Y on Apr 7, 2016
This is a wonderful book to complement study of the periodic table and beginning chemistry.
Amy E on Feb 29, 2016
for school
Daniel C on Jan 22, 2016
This is an Ambleside Online book recommendation.
Carrie S on Jul 25, 2019
It is on the Ambleside Online curriculum for year 6
Amanda Y on May 22, 2019
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