Wonderful Life with
the Elements
The Periodic Table Personified
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GET TO KNOW THE ELEMENTS
From the brilliant mind of Japanese artist Bunpei Yorifuji
comes Wonderful Life with the Elements, an illustrated guide
to the periodic table that gives chemistry a friendly face.
In this super periodic table, every element is a unique character
whose properties are represented visually: heavy elements are fat,
man-made elements are robots, and noble gases sport impressive
afros. Every detail is significant, from the length of an element’s
beard to the clothes on its back. You’ll also learn about each
element’s discovery, its common uses, and other vital stats like
whether it floatsor explodesin water.
Why bother trudging through a traditional periodic table? In this
periodic paradise, the elements are people too. And once you’ve
met them, you’ll never forget them.
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Wonderful Life with
the Elements
The Periodic Table Personified
by Bunpei Yorifuji
WONDERFUL LIFE WITH THE ELEMENTS. Copyright © 2012 by Bunpei Yorifuji.
Wonderful Life with the Elements is a translation of the Japanese original, 元素生活, published
by Kagaku Dojin Publishing Company, Inc., © 2009 by Bunpei Yorifuji. English translation rights
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