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Theodore Gray

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: The author lives in Champaign-Urbana.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

How things work :
ISBN: 0316445436 OCLC: 1085632576

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

Molecules :
ISBN: 1579129714 OCLC: 869907913

"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: 989726672

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: 428777447

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : New York : ©2009.

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: 1181847724

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: 1117461643

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

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

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, New York : ©2009-©2013.

"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 completely mad science.
ISBN: 9780316395083 OCLC: 935195696

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

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

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