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Name:  Theodore Gray  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;


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The author lives in Champaign-Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gray is the author of ''The Elements'' and ''Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do at Home-But Probably Shouldn't'', and of ''Popular Science'' magazine's "Gray Matter" column. He is the proprietor of and the creator of the iconic photographic periodic table poster seen in universities, schools, museums, and on TV shows from MythBusters to Hannah Montana. In his other life, he is co-founder of the software company Wolfram Research, creators of the world's leading technical software system, Mathematica®, and WolframlAlpha.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

How things work :
ISBN: 0316445436. OCLC Number: 1085632576

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How things work or are manufactured: includes locks, clocks, scales for weighing, and cloth manufacture.

Molecules :
ISBN: 1579129714. OCLC Number: 869907913

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"Everything physical is made up of the elements and the infinite variety of molecules they form when they combine with each other. In Molecules, Theodore Gray takes the next step in the grand story that began with the periodic table in his ... book, The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe. Here, he explores through fascinating stories and trademark stunning photography the most interesting, essential, useful, and beautiful of the millions of chemical structures that make up every material in the world."--

Reactions :
ISBN: 0316391220. OCLC Number: 989726672

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The book begins with a brief recap of elements and molecules and then goes on to explain important concepts that characterize a chemical reaction, including Energy, Entropy, and Time. It is then organized by type of reaction including Combustion, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Oxidation, and Fermentation. A special section dedicated to chemical cycles includes The Carbon Cycle, The Iron Cycle, and The Lime Cycle.

The elements :
ISBN: 1579128149. OCLC Number: 428777447

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers :. .

The elements are what we - and everything around us - are made of. But how many elements have you seen in their pure, raw, uncombined form? This book presents photographic representations of the 118 elements in the period table, along with facts, figures and stories about each one.

The kid's book of the elements:
ISBN: 0762470771. OCLC Number: 1181847724

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In this very special kids edition of Theodore Gray's The Elements, budding scientists, ages 6 to 9, will learn all about every element in the periodic table from the first element, Hydrogen (1), to the very last element, Oganesson (118). Filled with great big colorful photographs and fun facts for every element, The Kid's Book of The Elements is the perfect introduction to the fascinating world of chemistry and visual/tactile-based STEM/STEAM learning.

Theodore Gray's ABC Elements.
ISBN: 0762467010. OCLC Number: 1117461643

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Introduces certain elements of the periodic table, including helium, carbon, oxygen, and calcium.

Theodore Gray's completely mad science.
ISBN: 9780316395083. OCLC Number: 935195696

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Completely Mad Science is 432 pages of dazzling chemical demonstrations, illustrated in spectacular full-color photographs--

Theodore Gray's completely mad science.
ISBN: 1579128750. OCLC Number: 244419816

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers,. .

"In the spirit of Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" and "Smash Lab, Popular Science" columnist Gray demonstrates fundamental scientific principles through wacky, daredevil experiments."--

Theodore Gray's my first elements.
ISBN: 0762494328. OCLC Number: 1090646962

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Introduces certain elements of the periodic table and describes what they are used for, including helium, carbon, oxygen, and calcium.