The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance The periodic table is one of the most potent icons in science. It lies at the core of chemistry and embodies the most fundamental principles of the field. The one definitive text on the development of the
periodic table by van Spronsen (1969), has been out of print for a onsiderable time. The present book provides a successor to van Spronsen, but goes further in giving an evaluation of the extent to which modern physics has, or has not, explained the periodic system. The book is written in a lively style to appeal to experts and
interested lay-persons alike. The Periodic Table begins with an overview of the importance of the periodic table and of the elements and it examines the manner in which the term 'element' has been
interpreted by chemists and philosophers. The book then turns to a systematic account of the early developments that led to the classification of the elements including the work of Lavoisier, Boyle and Dalton and Cannizzaro. The precursors to the periodic system, like Dobereiner and Gmelin, are discussed. In chapter 3 the discovery of the periodic system by six independent scientists is examined in detail. Two chapters are devoted to the discoveries of Mendeleev, the leading discoverer, including his predictions of new elements and his
accommodation of already existing elements. Chapters 6 and 7 consider the impact of physics including the discoveries of radioactivity and isotopy and successive theories of the electron including Bohr's
quantum theoretical approach. Chapter 8 discusses the response to the new physical theories by chemists such as Lewis and Bury who were able to draw on detailed chemical knowledge to correct some of the early
electronic configurations published by Bohr and others. Chapter 9 provides a critical analysis of the extent to which modern quantum mechanics is, or is not, able to explain the periodic system from first principles. Finally, chapter 10 considers the way that the elements evolved following the Big Bang and in the interior of stars. The book closes with an examination of further chemical aspects including lesser known trends within the periodic system such as the knight's move relationship and secondary periodicity, as well at attempts to explain
Awarded the Booker Prize in 1981, Midnight's Children is Salman Rushdie's most highly regarded work of fiction, though not his best known. That distinction belongs to The Satanic Verses, the 1988 novel that prompted Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini, who considered the book blasphemous, to declare Rushdie an enemy of Islam and put a $1.5 million bounty on his head. But in Midnight's Children, Rushdie had already produced a novel that not only risks offending some readers, but also fiercely challenges our understanding of history, nationhood, and narrative.
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TIME Magazine Collection, October 2006 Х My Right Hand - In his book Blood Brothers, TIME senior correspondent Michael Weisskopf weaves his own tale of losing a hand in Iraq with the stories of three soldiers who also spent time at Amputee Alley, Ward 57 of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington
Х What Makes Us Different? - Not very much, when you look at our DNA. But those few tiny changes made all the difference in the world
ХThe End of a Revolution - Sex, lies and power games are just the latest symptoms of a Republican Party that has strayed from its ideals
Х The Fresh Face (The Democrats' New Face) - First-term Senator Barack Obama has the charisma and the ambition to run for President. But, says Joe Klein, he's not quite ready to answer the tough questions
Х America By the Numbers - At the beginning of its fourth century, America is more colorful, still uncrowded, purple in its politics and complicated in its beliefs. An illustrated guide to the nation's essential truths
Computer Fun Math
By Lisa Trumbauer
Grade 3-5-These interactive activity books have brightly colored pages and lively text and illustrations that will appeal to youngsters. Math includes activities to create simple graphs and charts, make and use measuring tools, understand fractions, and design games. Science teaches students to collect and record data, track the weather, identify parts of an insect, and set up simple experiments. Each book starts with computer basics such as becoming familiar with the keyboard, monitor, and mouse but there are no diagrams or pictures of computer screens illustrating the functions described. Pages have numbered, step-by-step directions
enclosed in colored boxes that are sometimes difficult to read. The books are written in an informal style, with chatty remarks such as "duh-you knew that!" or "...old news, right?" While the subject matter is very elementary, the "how to" directions for following the computer activities require a more sophisticated
reading level. Most children won't have the skill or patience to read all of the directions on their own.
Kristina Aaronson, Bethel Elementary School Library, VT Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Explains how to use a personal computer to complete activities that explore math, reading, geography, and science. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Adolescent Problems Guide for Teachers, Parents, Counsellors First published in 1997, this book has been updated and revised to bring it in line with new legislation and current concerns. It is an eclectic reference book on adolescent emotional and behavioural problems, covering a range of psychological theories and approaches in a readable style. The theory presented is tied in with practical application using illustrative case studies and there are time-saving interview sheets and other material for teachers/counsellors to use.
Fury is the story of a dollmaker whose dolls run wild, of living women turned into dolls and then broken, and of a revolt on the planet's far side led by an army of living dolls. Fury is a novel of an old, deep love gone wrong, of a second, twisted passion rooted in wrongness, and of a third, passionate love that just might turn out right. Fury is a novel of furious energy, a study of the workings of fury at the heart of human lives: the personal fury that poisons human relations, the psychotic fury that fuels murderers, the social fury born of our raised and disappointed hopes, the creative fury that sets free our greatest gifts, the political fury that starts revolutions and burns whole cities down. Fury is a novel of today, an utterly contemporary portrait of life at the beginning of the third millennium, life in New York during an apparently endless time of prosperity that is paradoxically also a time of barrenness in many people's lives, and also in the world-empire that America rules, although it barely knows where it is.
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