The Elements We Live by: How Iron Helps Us Breathe, Potassium Lets Us See, and Other Surprising Superpowers of the Periodic Table


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5.7 X 8.6 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Anja Røyne, PhD, is a scientist and lecturer at the University of Oslo Department of Physics. A physicist with a background in solar energy, Røyne has also researched geological and geochemical processes and is now working on creating materials with biotechnology.


"Physicist Røyne explains the role played by different elements within the human body, and visits various sites around the world where these elements can be found."--Publishers Weekly

"Not just a discussion of basic chemistry, this is a volume that looks at the human impact on the planet and what we can learn from nature. . . . Useful for science or sociology courses that address the various impacts of natural resource development or for popular science readers."--School Library Journal

Praise from Norway

"What makes this book the perfect popular science title is the way Røyne places new knowledge in a greater context and in ongoing debates on society and our common future. It is not just a well-written story about the elements, but a book about being a human being in the world of today."--Åsmund H. Eikenes, Ph.D., author, lecturer, and member of the Brage Prize jury

"An excellent book about the elements . . . Physicist Anja Røyne has achieved the feat of producing a popular science heavyweight that wears its knowledge lightly."--Mari Grydeland, Aftenposten

"Popular science par excellence . . . An extremely good book that deals with the big social challenges by starting out with the small . . . Many fields of study probably offer a more promising starting point than the building blocks that form all matter, but Røyne brings gold, copper, calcium, and carbon alive in a way that makes her book exciting, entertaining, and--not least--enlightening."--Kjetil Vikene, Forskerforum