Of all the periodic table apps, there is only one which Stephen Fry described as “Alone worth the price of an iPad!”. The Elements is not just a reference app, it is a rich and engaging love story of the periodic table, told in words and pictures, and allowing you to experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you've never seen before.
The Elements is based on the internationally best-selling hard cover edition of The Elements, by Theodore Gray, Popular Science Magazine’s Gray Matter columnist. But it goes way beyond what is possible on paper.
You start off at a living periodic table where every element is shown with a smoothly rotating sample. To read about tin, tap the tin soldier. To read about gold, tap the gold nugget. Immediately you see the sample filling nearly the entire screen, photographed to razor sharpness and rotating around a complete circle in front of your eyes. Beside that is a column of facts and figures, each of which can be tapped to bring up rich detail and current information through the embedded Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.
Go to each element's second page and you find a fascinating story about the element, surrounded by carefully photographed objects representing it. Every one of these objects, well over 500 in total, is a freely rotatable, live object that you can examine from all sides and pinch zoom to see in unprecedented detail.
Touch the element name at the top of the page and you can see that element’s name in over a dozen different languages. Choose one and you’ll find that the entire book, stories, captions and all, switches to that language: The Elements includes both the full English original text and over a dozen full translations.
Pinch-zoom or tap any object to bring it up full screen, where you can split into a pair of stereo 3D images. Using inexpensive 3D glasses you can see all 500 objects pop off the screen in 3D, and you can spin the objects, in 3D, with the touch of a finger. You can’t get much more virtually real than that.
If you had a bad experience with chem class in school, this book is the antidote. If you or someone you know is afraid chemistry will be their most boring subject, this book will show them that there’s a lot more to the periodic table than a bunch of numbers and letters.
“The iPad’s splendor and power may be best shown by The Elements... it’s not like any ebook you’ve seen. The periodic table of elements comes to life.”
– USA Today
“It's dazzling—it makes science feel like magic in your hands.”
– Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing
The full set of features includes:
• More than 500 stunningly photographed, high resolution, rotatable objects
• Detailed and current information from Wolfram|Alpha
• Beautifully composed pages for every Element in the periodic table
• Fun stories and fascinating facts
• All objects pinch-zoom with amazing detail and rotate in 3D
• Engaging introduction explaining the structure of the periodic table
• Fully translated into English, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
About the author:
Theodore Gray is a best-selling author and writer of Popular Science Magazine’s Gray Matter column since 2003.
Praise for the Hardcover Edition:
“This is the element book that in style and content outshines all element books! The photographs are fantastic in their mod layout on black. In the accompanying short texts, in a few choice words, Gray sketches utility, delves into history, and isn’t afraid to make sharp comments about the world. My reaction: elemental delight.”
– Roald Hoffmann, writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Bug fixes and optimisations
Ratings and Reviews
Ever pondered the atomic weight of Bismuth? Do you debate the density of Niobium over dinner? If so, this app is for you. Chemistry truly comes to life with this fully interactive version of the periodic table. Engage with the elements like never before and witness the wonders of science in beautiful detail.
Song Fixed. Update element 113, 115, 117 and 118.
Thank you for fixing the song, finally. Although it looks like you also missed the opportunity to update the application with the new IUPAC names for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118.
Please update ASAP.
Makes chemistry entertaining
Having this app in the ‘book’ category kind of does it a disservice. I mean, sure it’s a book, in that you’re fundamentally reading and learning about the elements… but it’s so immersive and interactive that you really don’t feel like you’re reading a book. My kids have been captivated by it too, which is great—I love to see them having fun and doing some serious learning at the same time!
It’s a learning app just done really, really well—from the high-quality 3D images, to the well-written and entertaining text, to little unexpected details like being able to click on the stats for each element to see how it compares to others. (e.g. Want to see how rare gold is on Earth compared to other elements? Click on '% in Crust' to see it’s ranking alongside others.)
I see some commenters that have knocked the app for file size of all things. Yeah it’s big. I guess that’s the cost of all those stunning 3D images that you can rotate with your finger! Don’t try this on your old 8GB device! I agree, it would be great to see Aluminium spelt correctly! But I’m not going to knock an otherwise brilliant app over that issue.
- Touch Press Inc
- 1.7 GB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- English, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Theodore Gray and Touch Press Inc, 2018
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.