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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 floats—or
explodes—in 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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Reviews for Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified:

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Dec 25, 2017

I am a humanities guy, but someone suggested I check out how science could get taught/enhanced through comics. And it works! I mean, I am not exactly interested in this subject, but if I were studying organic chemistry, whoa! Chemistry with a sense of humor!

Yorifuji imagines every element as a unique character whose properties are represented visually, and anthropomorphically: Heavy elements are fat (okay, large) guys, and so on. We learn about the properties of the elements as if they were I am a humanities guy, but someone suggested I check out how science could get taught/enhanced through comics. And it works! I mean, I am not exactly interested in this subject, but if I were studying organic chemistry, whoa! Chemistry with a sense of humor!

Yorifuji imagines every element as a unique character whose properties are represented visually, and anthropomorphically: Heavy elements are fat (okay, large) guys, and so on. We learn about the properties of the elements as if they were characters, in other words.

If you see the ratings and reviews from science-types, you can see this book works. ...more
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Nov 02, 2012

Wonderful Life with the Elements is fantastic! Originally published in Japan, every element in the periodic table is represented in this book as a cute little man to make it easier to understand and remember that elements properties, uses, and history. The drawings, in shades of yellow and black, are definitely quirky but for me that is part of their charm. Different hairstyles, clothing, and body types are used to give at-a-glance information about the elements. Hydrogen, for instance, is a Wonderful Life with the Elements is fantastic! Originally published in Japan, every element in the periodic table is represented in this book as a cute little man to make it easier to understand and remember that element’s properties, uses, and history. The drawings, in shades of yellow and black, are definitely quirky but for me that is part of their charm. Different hairstyles, clothing, and body types are used to give at-a-glance information about the elements. Hydrogen, for instance, is a special element that doesn’t fit into any category so he has a crown, and since hydrogen is a gas at room temperature his body is ghost-like. The heavier elements are fatter. The man-made elements look like robots.

At the back of the book is a small, fold-out, removable poster of the periodic table with the element men all lined up in their proper row formations. The front pages of the book have pie chart-like graphics that illustrate the relative abundance of each element in the Universe, the Earth, and the the Sun. There is also a fascinating section showing which elements humans have used in their everyday lives during various eras of history and prehistory.

I work as a tutor and plan to use this book with my chemistry students, but anyone interested in the nature of the world may enjoy perusing it. In my experience it’s difficult to put down--I’ve had a hard time getting it back from the several people I’ve shown it to. ...more
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Nov 25, 2015

I wish this book was published back when I studied Organic Chemistry. Perhaps, it would be a great addition to the text book.

The book describes all elements in the world, leads you to understand what exactly chemists talk about when they say we encounter and use elements from the beginning we open our eyes until bed time. Even the elements are within our bodies. Go read it if you're curious enough.
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Apr 19, 2016

Well, my brother was actually given this, and before that, I didn't really know the elements very well. The only names of the elements I remembered very well before this book were Oxygen, Hydrogen, Gold, Silver, Copper, Zinc, and Nitrogen. (Maybe Neon.) But now, I know a LOT more than I used to, and I also wasn't really a science type of person. (Although I am interested in certain science-y stuff.) But now, I know that Selenium is in chocolate and can lower the chances of heart disease, and Well, my brother was actually given this, and before that, I didn't really know the elements very well. The only names of the elements I remembered very well before this book were Oxygen, Hydrogen, Gold, Silver, Copper, Zinc, and Nitrogen. (Maybe Neon.) But now, I know a LOT more than I used to, and I also wasn't really a science type of person. (Although I am interested in certain science-y stuff.) But now, I know that Selenium is in chocolate and can lower the chances of heart disease, and that Arsenic is really poisonous but it is one of the elements in your body(!), and that even an element was made the year I was born!

But as much as I'd like to spill a lot more details that I learned, you probably don't want any more spoilers.

So, I'll let you go into the awesome book, and enjoy the wonderful art and knowledge of the elements that Yorifuji offers you, in this incredible and creative book.

I recommend this book to kids about my age, older, and even adults who are a big fan of science, and who kind of know science, but haven't really been into it before. For family, I recommend this to my uncle, who's into science, all of my Okerlund aunties, my dad (I read it to my dad already, and he liked it) and my Okerlund grandparents.

I have a feeling that it will inspire kids and even older kids and adults to become scientists, or even become better artists, since Yorifuji also draws really well!

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Aug 15, 2013

"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."
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Jun 19, 2013

Cute take on the elements! Compare to the Elements project by Kaycie D.
http://kcd-elements.tumblr.com/
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Jul 16, 2013

A really fun way of understanding the periodic table, or at least enjoying it! Different characteristics of each element are systematically visualized as characteristics of a person: a hairdo, clothing, body type, etc, so that each element becomes a Japanese cartoon character. Great for older elementary school kids all the way up to adult readers who like the periodic table.
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Nov 15, 2012

This book was interesting, although not exactly a sit down read. I don't know why all the personified elements needed to be male (complete with genitalia) and I honestly found that to be quite a distraction (the suggestion that everything that makes up our universe is apparently male, not the cartoon genitalia). Again, an interesting idea (the book, not the gendered universe) and a memorable way of presenting an abstract concept, but overall I can only rate this as okay.
5

Jul 12, 2014

"If the body were an orchestra, the minerals would be its conductor."

A marvelous book for a so-so person who are not interested into science. Yes, me. Nevertheless, I enjoyed so much every page, illustration, and explanation from the author. Now, I know that the average human is made up from approximately 65% of oxygen, 18% of carbon, and 10% of hydrogen. For a beginner one, reading this book is so much fun compared to the relevant subjects that I got in the classroom :p
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Dec 18, 2017

As the title makes clear, Yorifuji has taken the traditionally "dry" periodic table of the elements and created one where each element has been personified based on its weight, main characteristics, uses, etc. While it's not the type of book that you are likely to read from cover to cover, it is certainly a quirky and useful reference book, and it neatly makes chemistry come alive in a creative way.
5

Jan 11, 2020

Cute graphics with a serious content and an important message to readers about our precious resources.
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I can remember sitting in chemistry class in high school, totally confused about much of the periodic table. Don't get me wrong—I absolutely loved the class, and have always been fascinated with ...Full Review
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Dec 11, 2016

This is pure genius. There should be one of these in every elementary school in the world.
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Dec 21, 2012

A wonderful way to look at the world around us and understand the chemistry involved in our lives. If you love elements and the periodic table, you'll love the humor and design of this book.
5

Sep 01, 2016

An interesting form of personification, transforming elements in punk-style cartoon figures. A fun read and at the same time serves as a dictionary for elements. Great!
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Oct 07, 2013

Another recommendation from brainpickings.org, which I thoroughly dug. Plus, it taught me about the elements, like, for real.
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Jun 21, 2015

Refreshing but also kooky Japanese comic-book overview of the elements in the periodic table.
5

Mar 18, 2014

This book is a really great help for learning about the periodic table. The illustrations are really cute and funny as well but you still learn something.
5

Feb 25, 2014

Yes the periodic table and the elements can be made into a fun and educational comic!
If you want more on the elements in a readable narrative see: The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
by Sam Kean
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Nov 26, 2014

I personally love this little book, but those for whom I bought (the more chemistry-oriented in my life) have not been taken by its quirkiness as much as me. I wish I could draw like this author does.
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Feb 16, 2013

Good little quirky look at the elements. Elements personified doesn't hold a lot of information but is a good way at understanding age, uses, relationships and behaviour of elements. I don't think there could be a more fun book on the elements and worth a flick through just for the illustrations.
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Apr 15, 2013

I have complained that I is very hard to find good popular science books on chemistry. After reading this I am afraid that the bar for this niche has been set far to high for these books.

This is a wonderful read, very nice illustrations, funny and contains lots of interesting little facts about the different elements!
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Mar 10, 2013

I never thought Id spend a Sunday afternoon of my adult life reading a book about the periodic table for no specific reason and thoroughly enjoying myself. I also never thought Id ever have a favourite element or end up memorizing the different families of elements. But I did. I cannot recommend this book enough. I wish I had had it when I was actually taking chemistry. I'm sure my grades would have been better, and it would have been a more interesting class for me.

I never thought I’d spend a Sunday afternoon of my adult life reading a book about the periodic table for no specific reason and thoroughly enjoying myself. I also never thought I’d ever have a “favourite” element or end up memorizing the different families of elements. But I did. I cannot recommend this book enough. I wish I had had it when I was actually taking chemistry. I'm sure my grades would have been better, and it would have been a more interesting class for me.

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Jul 19, 2014

Well Written

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This is an excellent book. The author describes every element in the periodic table. The description includes the atomic weight, scientific abbreviation, and a description of what that element is use for (for most elements), with other details in a picture like format. I liked how the author introduced the elements to our daily lives, what we eat, how the elements are utilized daily; including our bodies are described. Well Written

[Note: Review transitioned from Barnes & Noble website]

This is an excellent book. The author describes every element in the periodic table. The description includes the atomic weight, scientific abbreviation, and a description of what that element is use for (for most elements), with other details in a picture like format. I liked how the author introduced the elements to our daily lives, what we eat, how the elements are utilized daily; including our bodies are described. Everything that mankind has ever done on this planet, everything on this planet, and within the universe is comprised of elements. Every part of our body has elements in it and our five senses are used to interact with elements at all times on a daily basis. If you are interested in such content, take a look at this book. (On a side note, there is a slightly adult related picture on page 80-81 when describing the element silicon. Keep this in mind before letting your children look at it).

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5

Jan 27, 2017

This book is really amazing! When I was at school, chemistry is the object I hate the most.. until I've met this book. I'd like to recommend, even you dont like chemistry, let's give it a try!

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