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The periodic table: Every element known to man, organized and presented in an elegant, but arguably dry and boring way. Looking at numbers and letters aligned in a table doesn't really convey what each of those elements does, or what its respective function is. Of course, you could read about them, but The Elements in Action from Touch Press goes much further, letting you see every element — sans the ones that are extremely radioactive, or have an absurdly short half-life — via well-presented videos.
Select an element from the periodic table, and a short original clip will be displayed, along with a few lines explaining what you're seeing in your choice of 18 different languages. It's a lot of fun to watch, and although the information isn't extensive, it's great to see chemical reactions happen right before your eyes. It's like having a portable lab in your back pocket. Although the app takes full advantage of the iPad's spacious screen real estate, its altered layout for the iPhone and iPod touch works remarkably well too.
Even better, should you wish to learn more and go beyond the brief descriptive paragraph, Elements in Action acts as an amazing companion to The Elements: A Visual Exploration. When both apps are installed on the same iPad, you'll see an icon for either app within the other. Select an element, tap on that icon, and you'll be taken to that element's page in the other app. As long as both are loaded into memory, the transition is seamless. Sadly, iPhone users are left out for now, as A Visual Exploration is currently only for iPad, though the next update is planned to make it a universal app and open up the link for all supported iOS device users.
The bottom line. The Elements in Action is a vibrant and exciting resource that lets you dip your toes in the fabric of the universe — without getting bogged down in too much information.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later
Enjoyable, short original videos. Brief description in multiple languages. Interface altered to take full advantage of either iPad or iPhone displays. Fantastic companion to The Elements: A Visual Exploration.
Doesn’t remember the selected sort order. Some elements further down the table are missing.