The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction

The Periodic Table A Very Short Introduction In this authoritative Very Short Introduction to the periodic table Eric Scerri presents a modern and fresh exploration of this fundamental topic in the physical sciences considering the deeper impl

  • Title: The Periodic Table: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Eric Scerri
  • ISBN: 9780199582495
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this authoritative Very Short Introduction to the periodic table, Eric Scerri presents a modern and fresh exploration of this fundamental topic in the physical sciences, considering the deeper implications of the arrangements of the table to atomic physics and quantum mechanics Scerri looks at the trends in properties of elements that led to the construction of the perIn this authoritative Very Short Introduction to the periodic table, Eric Scerri presents a modern and fresh exploration of this fundamental topic in the physical sciences, considering the deeper implications of the arrangements of the table to atomic physics and quantum mechanics Scerri looks at the trends in properties of elements that led to the construction of the periodic table, and how the deeper meaning of its structure gradually became apparent with the development of atomic theory and quantum mechanics, so that physics arguably came to colonize an entirely different science, chemistry.

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    1. I picked this up to help me get to grips a bit more with electron shells, and especially sub-shells, which I need to know for my OU course but are a step further that I learnt back in my GCSE. But really, it focuses more on the history of the periodic table, on the people who developed the most common versions and why it’s useful. There is some explanation of why the periodic table works and why it’s useful, but it didn’t really get me any further toward understanding it. I’m still left [...]

    2. برأيي لازم تتغير عنوان السلسلة من مقدمة قصيرة جداًلـ مقدمة معقدة جداًلكن في النهاية من الممتع أن تقرأ العلم الذي درسته من ناحية تاريخية وكيفية الوصول إلى ما صرت تعتبره بديهياً. والأدهى أن الجدول الدوري لم يستقر على حال!!أي أننا تعلمنا ونتعلم أمراً قابلاً للتغيير في أي لحظة ط [...]

    3. هو كتاب علمي ، مسلي و ممتع بلغة بسيطة بعيداً عن الفلسفة المبالغ فيها ، كما يقال قطف الكاتب من كل بستان زهرة فجعل الكتاب ملم بمواضيع الجدول الدوري بصورة مبسطة ، فهو يحوي حقائق تاريخية مستندة إلى نظريات و قواعد علمية عن فكرة تكون الجدول الدوري من الصفر إلى الصورة التي نراها الي [...]

    4. يتحدث الكتاب عن مراحل تطور االجدول الدوري وأهم الأفكار والإكتشافات العلمية التى ساعدت علي ذلك حتى الوصول للجدول بالصورة الحالية ، ويتطلب الكتاب معرفة مسبقة بأهم مبادئ الكيمياء فهو موجه للمختصين او المهتمين بمجال الكيمياء.

    5. همم إذا لم تكن متخصصا أو ملما جيدا بالعناصر فلا أنصحك البتة بقراءته !! الكتاب كما هو واضح من عنوانه، يتحدث عن "الجدول الدوري" وكيف تمت وبذلت الجهود لإخراجه بالشكل الذي نعرفه اليوم.لقد كانت تخمينات وعمليات مجهدة بدأت من أواسط القرن السابع عشر مع الكيميائي الفرنسي لافوزيه وانته [...]

    6. This book does what it says on the cover, and is a summary of the development and discovery of the periodic table. Scerri writes about the people that discovered the elements that go to make up the table, and the ground breaking insight that Mendeleev had when setting out the table.This meant that Mendeleev could predict where an element would appear and its likely weight and atomic number. There is a chapter on the recent developments with the transitional elements and modern quantum and atomic [...]

    7. جميل وممتع جدا هذا الكتاب. ممتعة ايضا هذه السلسلة من المقدمات القصيرة حول كل شئنظرتي الان للجدول الدوري اكثر تفصيلا والاهم اكثر متعة واثارةخلال كامل فترة قرائتي للكتاب كنت فاتح الجدول الدوري امامي على البراوزر واقارن بين ما يفوله الكاتب وما اراه على الجدول الدوريفي هذا الك [...]

    8. كتابنا هذه الليلة كيميائي بامتياز الجدول الدوري مقدمة قصيرة جداتعددت افكار علماء الكيمياء مند القرن 17 من اجل هدف واحد جمع العناصر الكميائية في شكل منظم و دوريتغيرت الافتراضات و الطروحات فكان مندل اول من قام بعمل جدول دوري الاكثر تناسبا و ليس هذا فقط بل تنبا بوجود عناصر اخرى [...]

    9. The focus here is on how the organization of the periodic table first came about. As useful as it is to now know the number of electrons in the outer shells of the elements, I think we've lost some of the early chemists' appreciation for the reactive and physical properties by which the table was originally organized. This book helps remind me that it really is about the chemistry, not, fundamentally, about the atomic structure, though the two are becoming one.

    10. The Periodic Table In The Very Short Introductions SeriesIn this 2012 "very short introduction" from Oxford University Press, Dr Eric Scerri offers an account of a major symbol of science, the periodic table An author, chemist, and philosopher of science, Scerri is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA. Although he has written many detailed, technical research studies, Scerri also shows a flair in writing for and explaining scientific concepts to lay readers. [...]

    11. Basically a history book which covers how the current periodic table was formed through the efforts of various minds. I enjoyed reading this book because it gave insight on how every aspect of chemistry (organic, inorganic, quantum, etc) was needed in order to discovering the elements of the current periodic table. Definitely something different than a chemistry textbook. I wish the author included further reading/book suggestions at the end of each chapter, not at the end of the book. I recomme [...]

    12. Periodic table of elements is one of the most famous and recognizable scientific icons. It is a distillation of many centuries of work and insight into the nature of fundamental substances, and it is a particularly elegant formulation of the deep unity of all matter. Its discovery has been rightly attributed to Mendeleev, perhaps the greatest Russian scientist of all time, although many of its essential features have already been anticipated in the years preceding its official discovery. Even af [...]

    13. Has a bit of 'too recent' gloss on the presentation delivery. The ||||||||--which is never relevant to anything--is mentioned once, and that's once too many times. Otherwise, the more 'historical' narrative (which is what I sought) is okay. But still Not Quite As Good as other installments in this amazing and admirable series which I have enjoyed prior to this. But, it could just be the dry subject matter. When it comes right down to it, the story of the graphic organization of chemical elements [...]

    14. A blurb on the inside cover of this book declares that this Oxford Very Short Introductions series is "the thinking person's ." I disagree, because in the most important way, it's the exact opposite of : it's written by one person, solely from that person's point of view. But it is indeed written at the level of detail of a entry, with more emphasis on history than on current usage.It's well worth reading, and I say that as someone who teaches the subjects covered here in a fair amount of detai [...]

    15. Part history, part physics, and part chemistry, this short book covers the periodic table and some of the philosophy of how it is arranged. My high-school and undergraduate classes taught me one way of showing the arrangement of elements, and I was a bit surprised to learn that other formats of the periodic table are under discussion. The periodic table is not a "done deal" and there is plenty left for scientists and interested laypersons to learn about how the elements relate to one another.As [...]

    16. Well it does what it says on the tin - introduces the Periodic Table. However, it's more a history of the table itself, the discovery of elements is only touched on as how it relates to the organisation and understanding of the table as a whole. If you do it expecting to understand a bit more about the elements themselves, you will be disappointed. Overall it was clear, but the writing was a bit dry and some of the explainations were a little difficult to grasp without immediate visual reference [...]

    17. way too technical for my understanding for most of the book. The philosophical issues raised--is chemistry the child of or sister of physics? Do they need to be congruent? Are they congruent? Is there a foundational theory of the universe for which everything is accounted? Were interesting but the chemistry equations and historical theories were impossible for me to get through. Also, organization and writing were challenging.

    18. I'm a big fan of the series, but would not rank this particular book among its best. The author assembled what appears to be the basic ideas in the history of chemistry, but in a rather unfortunate manner. First, the presentation seemed challenging for the beginner in this area (the ostensible audience for the series). And second, the author lacked a thesis to help run a thread through the book. To me, the latter was the biggest detractor.

    19. It's a short book, but the story is too extensive! It tells the story of Mandeleev and a lot of historical information that is unnecessary for the understanding of the periodic table. I was looking for a more technical book, and not a historical one.

    20. Generally, a fairly detailed introduction to The Periodic Table which does what it says on the tin but isn't really anything special. However, not a bad book and as an introduction, I can imagine would be very useful.

    21. Another great book in the A Very Short Introduction series. Scerri introduces both the periodic table itself, its building principles and the scientists behind it. There were a lot more of them than just Mendeleev

    22. Quite possibly the best VSI I have read. There wwas only about 1.5 sections near the back that were losing me with the math, otherwise was quite clear and easy to understand.

    23. A must read for any High school Chemistry Teacher. Peter Atkins succinctly describes the nature of Chemistry in this book. He provides many interesting anecdotes as well.

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