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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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November 29, 2012

Science Gifts: The Elements

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Posted by Derek

In my post the other day on do-it-at-home science experiments and demonstrations, I left out Theo Gray's Mad Science. That's because, although it looks like a very fun book, it seems to require a number of things that most people don't have lying around the house, like a Van der Graaf generator. (If you're in the market, though, you can get one here - I'm starting to wonder what it is that Amazon doesn't sell).

But Gray's The Elements, which I've recommended before, is an excellent thing to have for anyone who's curious about the periodic table or chemistry in general. I remember as a child browsing through the old Time-Life book on the elements (my grandparents had a copy; I'd read it every time we visited them). This is the 21st century version. He's done a follow-up, the Elements Vault, which is more of a tour of the Periodic Table by columns, rather than by rows.

And I'm ordering The Elements Puzzle for the rest of the family for Christmas. (My kids don't read my site, or at least not yet). It's a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that produces a three-foot-wide periodic table, with information and photographs of each element. They're bound to learn something by putting it together!

This is a good time to note that this blog is an Amazon affiliate. I get a small cut of whatever's ordered through these links (at no charge to the buyer). And yes, Amazon sends me a W-2 on the yearly total, so I do pay taxes on it!

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1. Wile E. Coyote, Genius on November 29, 2012 2:01 PM writes...

This looks way more fun to me. Imagine the education of calculating the scale up from the miniature plans in this book.

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