Theodore Gray’s book The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe is a marvelous, inspiring work of science and creativity. Gray’s book examines the known periodic table through scintillating, high-definition photography and explanations of each element written in the language of the laypersons who may have had no prior exposure to chemistry.
I enjoy using this book to inspirit a wonder for science in children. They stare in amazement at the knowledge lain before them, visually, in a medium they can understand and nearly interact with. The enjoyable, accessible and inviting character of the book is reminiscent of Randall Munroe’s What If and Thing Explainer.
Here are some lovely excerpts from the book, gathered from the internet. Source links are provided. Theodore Gray also makes smaller images of these available here.