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The Disappearing Spoon - Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon

Author Sam Kean

  • Published: 2010-07-12
  • Category: Science & Nature
4 Stars
From 9 Customers Review
Price: $3.99


From New York Times bestselling 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.

Top Customer Reviews

  • My favourite book!

    From DmarioP
    This book is amazing! The history behind everything chemistry as well as a crash course on chemistry; it is brilliantly written.
  • Best science book ever.

    From Mommys acct
    This book was an excellent read. I first saw it at my school's library's noteworthy book section and I thought it was about magic (I didn't read the subtitle, I just took a quick glance). Then a few days later I saw it again at a public library in the science section. I thought it was in the wrong category so I picked it up. When I read the subtitle I was hooked instantly. This was a case of literally judging a book by its cover. Once I started to read I just could not put it down. I liked the book so much that I rented it a second time a few months later to read again. This book is full of quirky stories about the periodic table of elements. It taught me more about the periodic table than my high school chemistry class. Great stories, well written. Just the way he explains things makes things easier to understand. (Though I did have to google a few things) this is a must read for any science loving person, or anyone who would like a good book to read in general.