The Disappearing Spoon
The Disappearing Spoon
And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Sam Kean



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.

Title The Disappearing Spoon
Subtitle And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Author Sam Kean
Publisher Back Bay Books
Dewey Classification 540
Title First Published 06 June 2011
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 416 p.
ISBN-10 0316051632
ISBN-13 9780316051637
Publication Date 06 June 2011
Main content page count 416
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $16.00
 


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