by John Emsley

Basic facts about every element, its discovery, and how it came by its name. Plus eight poems by Roger McGough.

  • Published: 1991
  • Publisher: BSS
  • ISBN: 1 85144 0194
An A-Z of the Elements bookletDid you know?
This booklet was written to accompany a Channel 4 series about the chemical elements which was broadcast in 1991. It has a short entry for all the named elements, which in those days went as far as lawrencium (element 103). What is rather special about this booklet is that the poet Roger McGough contributed poems which he had specially written about some of them, namely carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur, iron, gold, mercury, and even the un-named element 109. By 1991, a few atoms of this had been made but, like those immediately preceding it in the periodic table, it had not been officially named. Now we know it as meitnerium, named after the physicist Lise Meitner.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The elements in alphabetical order from actinium to zirconium
  • Poems: carbon, gold, iron, mercury, nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur, element 109
  • Periodic table