The Elements in Action 4+

by Theodore Gray

NatureGuides Ltd.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.5 • 29 Ratings
    • $4.99



‘One of my favorite science-based apps...The Elements in Action is easy to navigate and attractively designed.’
– The New York Times

The periodic table comes to life with 79 video explorations of the weird, wonderful, and sometimes alarming properties of the elements. Filmed by BAFTA award winner Max Whitby in partnership with Theodore Gray, author of the iconic book and app The Elements, and previously available only in a few museum installations, this is the most beautifully filmed collection of videos ever assembled to explore and explain what makes each element unique and fascinating.

What happens when highly reactive rubidium is dropped into water? Or when a cannonball is placed in a pool of mercury? The Elements in Action shows you one definitive demonstration for (almost) every element, ranging from the bizarre to the sublime, all assembled in one place for you to view in the comfort and safety of your iPad, with very little danger of death by fire, dismemberment, or poisoning.

The Elements in Action works as a stand-alone app, but really shines when combined with the original app, The Elements by Theodore Gray. Installed together, the two apps find each other and link together, allowing you to flip seamlessly between viewing the elements as objects of contemplation in the original, and objects of dynamic action in the second.

Now fully translated into: English, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

What’s New

Version 1.2.2

Minor bug fixes and tweaks.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

STL After Dark ,

Storage hog!

This is a beautiful app, the look/ feel/ responsiveness are all top notch and it's well worth the price.

But here's the thing, unlike many (more well designed) apps, all of the content is stored on the iPad rather than on a remote server. Storage on our iOS devises is valuable stuff, in fact the average cost per Gb is about $15. In my opinion his is a high price to pay to store local data on my iPad when this app could consume less than 20Mb of space. Basically my complaint being that I don't need this data "offline" enough to warent the size it consumes.

It's a fantastic app with an equally fantastic flaw. I hope to see the content moved to an online server in some upcoming version.

Attiki ,

Previously owned full version of elements app now only have this

I previously owned the full elements app and now only have access to the elements in action instead. I haven’t had an apple product in a decade and was disappointed to find out that I was grandfathered out of an app I paid money for. I am not the only user to experience this either as evident from other reviews. Don’t buy!

Dr Mudius ,

Maybe it’s the nostalgia taking

The demonstrations can be better and more plentiful, I had a teacher who did one a day and they were amazing.

App Privacy

The developer, NatureGuides Ltd., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

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