The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales Of Madness, Love, And The History Of The World From The Periodic Table Of The by Sam KeanThe Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales Of Madness, Love, And The History Of The World From The Periodic Table Of The by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales Of Madness, Love, And The History Of The World From…

bySam Kean

Paperback | June 6, 2011

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FromNew York Timesbestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science, history, finance, mythology, the arts, medicine, and more, as told by the Periodic Table.
Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why is gallium (Ga, 31) the go-to element for laboratory pranksters?*

The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, betrayal, and obsession. These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. THE DISAPPEARING SPOON masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, and discovery--from the Big Bang through the end of time.

*Though solid at room temperature, gallium is a moldable metal that melts at 84 degrees Fahrenheit. A classic science prank is to mold gallium spoons, serve them with tea, and watch guests recoil as their utensils disappear.
Sam Kean is the author of theNew York TimesbestsellersThe Disappearing SpoonandThe Violinist's Thumband the forthcoming bookThe Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons.His work has appeared in theNew York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate,andNew Scientistand has been featured on NPR'sRadiolab, All Things Considered,andFresh Air.
Title:The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales Of Madness, Love, And The History Of The World From…Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:June 6, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of Whimsy and Charm The periodic table may bring back memories of chemistry class drudgery, but the way Kean presents the history of each element and the story of the scientists who found it with an infectious enthusiasm makes this book nearly impossible to put down.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun science This book educates and presents so much science in such a fun, accessible, and interesting way. You learn a lot reading it and in such an enjoyable way. Great book for students.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic stories bring the periodic table to life Just recently bought this book and had a hard time putting it down. The way Kean writes is like having a conversation with somebody about elements and the stories behind them. I have recommended it to a few other friends already.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I love this but I'm biased because I love chemistry, if you do too then read this #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chemistry This book is filled with stories about the discoveries of the elements of the periodic table - some I knew and many I had never heard before.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from wish this book would disappear Very poor presentation of science. Go seek out one of Henry Petroski's books if you dig engineering. This book just is not up to those standards.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Making science fun A fun look at physics, chemistry, and the periodic table. The glimpse at the stories behind the table is a great set of small stories about science. A fast fun read.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'The Disappearing Spoon' Excellent book! Very good to use for the antidotes of elements on the periodic table. Very good for a summer assignment for students who are going to be going into chemistry, so that they get a type of history of the elements. I would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scientific page turner Have you ever wondered how and why the periodic table has come to be? This in depth study of one of the most basic tools of science, show the intimate relationships that each element has to the other in a way that is completely fascinating for the average nerd. And it is quite readable for the rest of us!
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I enjoyed this book alot, the first few chapters are alittle dry since it tries to go over scientific concepts so the stories later on make sense, but the stories are worth it, some even made me laugh, others intrigued me. Its a very good book and I'm currently on the watch for more books by Sam Kean.
Date published: 2011-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Lively and Sweeping Portrayal of Science This is five-star science writing at its best. Although the book’s main theme is the periodic table of the elements – chemistry’s rallying point – the scientific fields that are discussed are quite diverse. They include: various branches of physics, geology, palaeontology, biology and several others. But that’s not all. The scientific discussions are blended into a backdrop of archaeology, history – from ancient through medieval to modern – as well as the occasional political and social machinations. And last, but definitely not least, the author has enriched almost every page with the ever-present, always-fascinating, often-confrontational and sporadically-baffling human element that many authors often omit. As pointed out by at least one other reviewer, there are some technical errors; I found some in the discussions involving radioactivity and nuclear physics. But these minor shortcomings do not detract from the book’s important qualities. The writing style is very lively, friendly, often humorous/tongue-in-cheek, entertaining, widely accessible, never boring and quite captivating. In short: a page-turner. This book can be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone, especially those with a fascination for science: how it works, how some discoveries came about, some of the people involved (ancient to recent) and science’s wonderful history. It is also a special treat for science buffs. I believe that this work is an important contribution towards making science understandable and fun for the general population. It may even inspire future Nobel Prize winners. To the author: well done!!
Date published: 2010-08-08

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"The Disappearing Spoon shines a welcome light on the beauty of the periodic table. Follow plain speaking and humorous Sam Kean into its intricate geography and stray into astronomy, biology, and history, learn of neon rain and gas warfare, meet both ruthless and selfless scientists, and before it is over fall head over heels for the anything but arcane subject of chemistry."-Bill Streever, author of Cold