Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wonderful Life with the Elements・元素生活

How can you make the periodic table fun, even to people who have no interest in it? That's the challenge the Japanese illustrator Junpei Yorifuji took on in making this book. The English translation just came out on September 14, 2012 from No Starch Press. Titled Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified, this book is all about the chemical elements of our world.


Each of 118 became a human-like character, which is not only kind of cute and lovable but also embodies a whole bunch of information. For example, the age corresponds to how long it's been since the element was discovered, and the weight corresponds to the mass. The clothing shows the primary application of the element in our society.


The book has gotten all those fascinating information about the elements that most of us didn’t know before (e.g. the symptom you get if you don’t get enough Mg). It is so easy to stay engaged and go through the entire book and learn so much. And afterward, you start to look at the world a little differently, becoming a little more appreciative of the chemicals around you. This would surely make a great gift for chemistry hating kids in high school, as well as for any curious minds of all ages. Highly recommended!


You can get a copy and start your wonderful life with the elements here.


Photos taken from the Japanese edition of the book (copy righted to the publisher Kagaku-Dojin)

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