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Nature's Building Blocks: An A-Z Guide to the Elements
New York: Oxford University Press, 2001
QD466 .E52 2001
‘...a marvel - encyclopaedic in scope, but so full of enthusiasm, so engagingly written, that one can open it at any point and read for sheer delight. While everything which one might expect and hope for is here - the history and mineralogy and manufacture of each element, its economic roles and uses, its place in the environment, our foods, our bodies - there is, in addition, an "element of surprise" for each element - an idiosyncratic piece of information, sometimes comic, sometimes terrifying, but always startling and novel. I have read and possess many books on the Elements, but it is Dr. Emsley's new book which will now sit next to me on my desk.‘ - Oliver Sacks
Quoted from dust jacket.