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The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey into the Land of the Chemical Elements

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By: Peter Atkins

Double cassette, running time: 3 hours

Orion

Audiocassette | Dec 2000 | #114697 | ISBN: 0752839772
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In The Periodic Kingdom, Peter Atkins outlines the general features of the chemical elements in the world, their history, and the characteristics and distinctive personalities of these elements, which are the substances from which everything tangible and material is made. It will introduce the listener (who needs no prior knowledge of chemistry) to the general features of the table, the history of the elements, and the arrangement which underlines the table in terms of the structure and properties of atoms. Peter Atkins takes us on a journey of the imagination: the periodic table is a country, a periodic kingdom, and each element corresponds to a chemical element. He also talks about the elements as finely balanced personalities, with quirks of character and distinct, but not always obvious, dispositions. As a result, the periodic table becomes a kingdom and a land of intellectual satisfaction and infinite delight.


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Biography

Peter Atkins gained his PhD at Leicester University and his MA at Oxford, where he is Lecturer in Physical Chemistry and Fellow of Lincoln College. Visiting professorships have taken him all over the world - to Israel, Japan, China, France and New Zealand. His research interests include quantum theory, particularly the theory of molecular properties. Peter Atkins gained his PhD at Leicester University and his MA at Oxford, where he is Lecturer in Physical Chemistry and Fellow of Lincoln College. Visiting professorships have taken him all over the world - to Israel, Japan, China, France and New Zealand. His research interests include quantum theory, particularly the theory of molecular properties.

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