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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2020 Foreword INDIES Finalist

"Physicist Royne 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 Royne 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, PhD, 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