IPad users can see and touch the digital book of the future with The Elements: A Visual Exploration. The Elements takes up about 1.7GB of memory on our tablet and shows the Periodic Table like no book can do. At startup we are greeted by a table of elements fully animated and with attention to the smallest details. Every single element is not simply indicated with its own abbreviation and atomic number but also by a small 3D object that rotates. To find out more about an element, just a tap and the high-quality iPad screen exploited to the last pixel to show the significant object that represents the material. All in 3D and with a wealth of details that explain even at the first glance the imposing memory footprint of this super app.
To the side of the rotating image we find a summary of all the main characteristics: structure, atomic weight, density, melting and boiling point, various percentages that illustrate the presence of the material examined in the human body, in the universe, in the ocean and so on. For those hungry for technical details, just a tap on the WolframAlpha search engine icon to view all the knowledge available online. For those who have always hated The Elements chemistry, they can offer a real miracle: learning the material while having fun. By pressing the icon at the bottom right with the abbreviation and the number of the material, a description created by Theodore Gray, the author of the app, appears. In addition to writing for Popular Science, Gray has an immense passion for the elements that make up our universe.In his brief descriptions of the various elements Gray reports the basic facts and notions, but also anecdotes about history, discovery and use current of the selected element. It is a half-page of very interesting text to read and in which the author's humor always stands out: we are light years away from the complete but unfortunately often boring definitions of textbooks.
Finally the touch of magic of The Elements once again placed in the images. On the page dedicated to the single element, beside the author's summary, we find numerous different objects that visually illustrate the use, practical usefulness, discoveries and also the history of that element. The high resolution iPad screen used once again to display dozens of 3D objects captured in every detail and nuance. It is not a matter of still images: with a quick touch it is possible to rotate every single object. To entertain the most skeptical, it is also possible to rotate 3, 4 or even all at the same time. For each object that fascinates us, we will find many in this app, you can double-tap to see it enlarged, always in 3D and always rotatable and viewable at will.
The Elements we will find as close as possible to the digital book of the future. It is no coincidence that this super ebook works on iPad and requires a large amount of memory. For his qualities The Elements was also mentioned by Steve Jobs in his latest keynote in the roundup of the best iPad apps. It should be borne in mind that The Elements is not and does not want to be a textbook but a popular ebook capable of showing and making fun the chemistry and the table of elements. The purchase of The Elements is highly recommended to all iPad users, the only possible exception for those who do not chew English, in fact a version in our language is not yet available. The price is not exactly content justified by the high quality of this app.
PRO Chemistry and Periodic Table as never seen before Layout, graphic care and top details Makes the material interesting and even fun The Elements the digital book of the future, today on iPad
VERSUS High price For now not available in Italian
The Elements: A Visual Exploration available on the App Store for 10.99 euros