Last year, Javier Peña, the managing director of Elisava, published his book ‘Elementos. El robo de las partículas de la vida’, a youthful adventure starring the elements of the periodic table in a crime set on the planet that bears the name "periodic table".
An original and attractive way of approaching and bringing the reader closer to the fascinating world of materials and the elements that constitute it, giving them back the life that belongs to them. An adventure in which Carbo and Oxi face Plutonium and Uranium to liberate the life particles that have been stolen.
The book also marked the beginning of a journey through a new language, where the elements, likewise numbers, letters and musical notes, teach us the basics we need to know in order to interpret our environment and thus search for what we want to find.
The importance of material language in the circular economy
In its continuation, the recently edited ‘Elementos. El imperio de Coltán’, Javier Peña gives life to new characters and recovers the world created in the first book to tackle the increasingly tangible threat of climate change. An allegory about today's society and how the most aware sector of the citizenry fights, so that the other sector participates, becomes aware of the urgency of the change and mobilizes.
If chemical elements permeate everything around us, then why aren't they studied in school? Based on this reflection, the author raises the need to teach the language of the elements in order to favor a paradigm shift and be able to face the problems derived from global warming.
With this objective, the book presents the 5 vowels of this new language which is that of the elements: Carbo (C), Oxi (O), Hidra (H), Silana (Si) and Ferra (Fe). Meanwhile, the fiction plot advances in parallel: Tato has new plans for the planet Periodic Table and they are not good...