Wonderful Life with the Elements, Complete Edition

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Wonderful Life with the Elements, Complete Edition
Author: Bunpei Yorifuji
Specifications: ISBN  978-4759819274
216 pages
15.0 x 17.5 cm / 6.0 x 7.0 in (WxH)
Category: Academic & Science
Publisher: Kagaku-Dojin Publishing Co., Inc.
Kyoto, 2017
Translations: Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Thai, English, Vietnamese
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Brazil Portuguese
Chile Spanish
China Simplified Chinese
Russia Russian
Taiwan Traditional Chinese
Thailand Thai
United States English No Starch Press Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified 978-1593274238
Viet Nam Vietnamese
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This illustrated presentation of the chemical elements is the complete edition of Genso seikatsu (Wonderful Life with the Elements), which was first published in 2009. It adds nihonium, the 113th element, to which Japan earned the naming rights in 2016.

Each element is represented by a distinctive anthropomorphic character with an age related to the element’s year of discovery and a weight reflecting its atomic weight. For example, hydrogen, which was discovered in 1766, appears as an old man and is introduced as somebody you do not want to anger, because hydrogen explodes upon ignition. Nihonium, the newest addition, appears as a baby. The characters’ clothing identifies such characteristics as radioactivity, while reactions between elements are illustrated as human relationships. This easy-to-grasp introduction to the world of the chemical elements makes enjoyable reading for school-age children and older, including even adults who loathe chemistry.