The Periodic Table at a glance
Mike Beckett and Andy Platt
Oxford: Blackwell 2006 | Pp120 | £17.99 | ISBN1 405 13299 X
Reviewed by Mark Winter
This book is a revision guide aimed largely at first-year undergraduates. The format is A4-sized two-page spreads (no colour) and covers various topics within inorganic chemistry. Organised primarily around the Periodic Table, many of the topics address the chemistry of an element or element grouping. Other topics focus upon key concepts underlying the chemistry of the p- and d-block elements, atoms and bonding, and industrial processes and applications of the element groupings.
The strengths of this text are that the writing style is clear and descriptive and that the book is well organised around key topics. The authors have concentrated on presenting facts rather than concepts. Given its strengths, this book should appeal to students looking for a way to organise their thoughts about inorganic chemistry in the period leading up to exams. So long as the intended audience understands that this revision guide sits alongside a textbook and not as a replacement, then The Periodic Table at a glance will be a useful addition to students' personal libraries.