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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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ISBN13: 9780316089081
ISBN10: 0316089087
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The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues' wives when she'd invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark swallowed mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?

From the Big Bang to the end of time, it's all in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON.

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In an engaging text centered around the periodic table, the explores intriguing tales about every element of the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, evil, love, the arts and the lives of the colorful scientists that discovered them.

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Sam Kean is a writer in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, The Believer, Air & Space, Science, and The New Scientist. He is currently working as a reporter at Science magazine and as a 2009 Middlebury Environmental Journalism fellow.

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Orientation : column by column, row by row. Geography is destiny ; Near twins and black sheep : the genealogy of elements ; The Gal

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I almost failed chemistry, thought it was a bore, but I loved this book.
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ISBN:
9780316089081
Subtitle:
And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Co.
Author:
Sam Kean
Author:
Kean, Sam
Subject:
Chemical elements
Subject:
Chemistry - Inorganic
Subject:
Audio Books-Chemistry
Subject:
Audio Books-History of Science
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100712
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
391

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History and Social Science » World History » General
Reference » Science Reference » General
Science and Mathematics » Chemistry » General
Science and Mathematics » Chemistry » Inorganic
Science and Mathematics » Chemistry » Physical Chemistry
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

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Product details 391 pages Little, Brown - English 9780316089081 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In an engaging text centered around the periodic table, the explores intriguing tales about every element of the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, evil, love, the arts and the lives of the colorful scientists that discovered them.
"Synopsis" by , Sam Kean is a writer in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, The Believer, Air & Space, Science, and The New Scientist. He is currently working as a reporter at Science magazine and as a 2009 Middlebury Environmental Journalism fellow.
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