The Disappearing Spoon

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

The Disappearing Spoon

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.

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The Disappearing Spoon
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Sam Kean
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-07-12 - Publisher: Hachette UK

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 Disappearing Spoon
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Sam Kean
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-04-03 - Publisher: Hachette UK

A young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table. Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium
The Disappearing Spoon
Language: en
Pages: 229
Authors: Sam Kean
Categories: Chemical elements
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019 - Publisher:

"A young readers adaptation of the bestselling book The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary human history of the periodic table."--
The Disappearing Spoon...and other true tales from the Periodic Table
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Sam Kean
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-04-14 - Publisher: Random House

Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The periodic table is one
100 of the Most Shocking Reviews the Disappearing Spoon
Language: en
Pages: 44
Authors: Leo Young
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-01 - Publisher: Lennex

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements." Don't say we didn't warn

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