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Download This PDF Book: The Beauty of Chemistry: Art, Wonder, and Science  written by Philip Ball, Wenting Zhu, Yan Liang.

Images and text capture the astonishing beauty of the chemical processes that create snowflakes, bubbles, flames, and other wonders of nature.

Chemistry is not just about microscopic atoms doing inscrutable things; it is the process that makes flowers and galaxies. We rely on it for bread-baking, vegetable-growing, and producing the materials of daily life. 

In stunning images and illuminating text, this book captures chemistry as it unfolds.

Using such techniques as microphotography, time-lapse photography, and infrared thermal imaging, The Beauty of Chemistry shows us how chemistry underpins the formation of snowflakes, the science of champagne, the colors of flowers, and other wonders of nature and technology. 

We see the marvelous configurations of chemical gardens; the amazing transformations of evaporation, distillation, and precipitation; heat made visible; and more.

As per a reader review, “I’ve enjoyed most of Philip Ball’s books. He is an author that besides knowledgeable, has a style that makes his books quite enjoyable. 

I’m a chemist, and I was looking for a book with plenty of beautiful pictures, but I got so much more. His texts, anecdotes, the explanations make this book an advantageous and enjoyable experience.

The photographs by Wenting Zhu and Yan Liang are magnificent. After his books, on Patterns and also, on Colors, I was expecting more of that. However, this new book is quite original in the selection of subjects; ten chapters with new scopes on very actual phenomena. 

If you didn’t like Chemistry during your schooling this book is going to open your eyes to the beauty of this discipline. It brings the mesmerizing beauty of the chemical reactions happening on a daily basis around you. 

If you love Chemistry, you don’t have to hesitate about getting this book and discover much more than what you are expecting.”

About the Author

Philip Ball is the author of many critically acclaimed books of popular science, including Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, and Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different. 

Wenting Zhu is an artist, designer, and photographer. Yan Liang is Associate Professor at the University of Science and Technology of China and the founder and producer of the educational brand Beauty of Science. He has worked as a science animator and illustrator.


"With atomic clarity, science writer Philip Ball narrates this visual tour through the under-appreciated chemical beauty that surrounds us..." — WIRED

"Ball’s scintillating book is a paean to chemical beauty in nature and laboratories, with lavish images created by Wenting Zhu, Yan Liang and the Chinese Chemical Society..." — Nature

"Far from portraying a routine lab procedure, this collection showcases chemistry's excitement and aesthetic allure." — Scientific American

“Philip Ball is a serendipitous writer, pursuing adventurous science. He loves to persuade and enchant his readers to celebrate the uncanny beauty of chemistry.”

—Dudley Herschbach, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Harvard University

“This book combines rich descriptions of chemical phenomena with stunning photography of them as they happen. As a child, I was drawn to chemistry by the wonders of precipitating powders, fizzy water, and other ever-present phenomena. The Beauty of Chemistry took me back to those times.”

—Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Professor of Chemistry and Computer Science, University of Toronto

“Ousiophiles unite! This book is a sensory feast that truly brings to life the ‘chemical sublime,’ presenting it joyfully, with scintillating images. Using remarkably concise language, Ball pleasingly telescopes in scale from the visible to the subatomic level, giving a rich dimensional exploration of the elements and their properties.

This book sparkles, bubbles, and bursts with the activity of all that surrounds us. It is curiosity-igniting, deeply satisfying, and a must for anyone who delights in ‘stuff.’” 

—Martha Willette Lewis, Visual Artist in Residence, The Yale Quantum Institute

“Philip Ball offers a lively illustrated conversation centered on the beauty of chemistry rather than its oft-examined utility. His observations meander gracefully through bubbles, flames, plant pigments, and much more, and will both captivate a wide audience and provide a refreshingly upbeat boost for the most jaded professional.”

—Hagan Bayley, Professor of Chemical Biology, University of Oxford

“This book captures the aesthetics, not the mess, the mystery, not the complexity, and most of all the fundamental importance of chemistry to our everyday lives. It shows why chemists are really the musicians of matter.”

—Leroy Cronin, Regius Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow


Elemental: The Charisma of Chemistry

Effervescent: The Beauty of Bubbles

Orderly: The Charm of Crystals

Insoluble: The Power of Precipitation

Exuberant: The Delight of Dendritic Growth

Incendiary: The Fascination of Flames

Galvanizing: The Enchantment of Electrochemistry

Chromatic: The Curiosity of Color Changes In Plants

Calescent: The Helpfulness of Heat

Organic: The Contortions of Chemical Gardens

Creative: The Profusion of Patterns

Postscript: Art, Wonder, And Science

About The Book:

Publisher ‏ : ‎ The MIT Press (May 11, 2021)

Language ‏ : ‎ English

Pages ‏ : ‎ 392 

File: PDF, 65MB


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