The Disappearing Spoon
And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Looking forward to reading this book... Via my Kindle app (where it is $13 less expensive!!!).
26$?! Looks interesting, but definitely not THAT interesting. I thought you were better than this, apple.
Very enjoyable and interesting read
It's a engaging and very readable scientific history. Not sure what all the price complaints are about — price must have come down. My only complaint would be having to jump to the back of the book for footnotes. Maybe that can't be helped in a digital book?
- Category: Science & Nature
- Published: Jul 12, 2010
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 400 Pages
- Language: English