Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified

Highlighted in the 11 February 2013 C&EN book reviews, this text brings the periodic table to life for kids.  Very broad audiences will enjoy the way Japanese author and artist Yorifuji gives human characteristics to each of the elements.  Have fun seeing nitrogen personified floating above a stick of TNT, sporting a beard and mohawk. Clothing, hair and other human forms are used to indicate the elements' most common use and how long humans have known its presence as a named element.  Yorifuji is famous for his posters in Tokyo subways that depict bad manners; included in the book is a full-sized poster of the personified periodic table! “Wonderful Life” is translated into English from the original Japanese. 
Look for the book at various online outlets or from No Starch Press, Inc

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