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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The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales of Madness Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements Science Magazine reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it s never been seen before Not only is it one of man s crowning scientific achievements it s also a treasure trove of stories of pass
  • Title: The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
  • Author: Sam Kean
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  • Page: 346
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  • Science Magazine reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it s never been seen before Not only is it one of man s crowning scientific achievements, 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 pScience Magazine reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it s never been seen before Not only is it one of man s crowning scientific achievements, 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 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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    Stop the search Recall the teams I have found the non fiction, summer read of 2010 The Disappearing Spoon.First, what s a summer read, Mr Josey Wales thumbnail photo A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels provided by the swarthy, bronzed attendant at a seafront hotel You can finish it in a few days in bite sized chunks, it doesn t overpower you academically, you learn a little, and the subject is something entirely new to you, whi [...]

    My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way.Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense to you The strongest solo acid is still the boron based carborane HCB11C111 And this boron acid has the best punchline so far it s simultaneously the world s strongest and gentlest acid To wrap your head around that, remembe [...]

    Okay Let me tell it to you honestly.This book is not the most well written book the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative It is much of a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge.That said, I couldn t get back to reading this fast enough I thought about a book about the scientific table throughout the day I stole a few minutes wherever I could I carried this book with me and was even gasp early to pick up the kids so that I could read a few minutes [...]

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it s a superb book It s beautifully organized and well written It s a wonderful way to learn and or deepen knowledge of chemistry This book is fine for laypeople, but will give meaning and extra enjoyment even for advanced chemistry students Much appreciated by me was that the information imparted was over my head only a very few times, and that s saying a lot, because I ve never taken a chemistry class.This book covers the elements of the peri [...]

    There s a certain type of troll the one who defends their beloved book by saying something like, Well, if you knew the topic didn t interest you why were you stupid enough to pick up the book To that troll I now have an answer this book.If you had told me a few weeks ago that I d find a book about chemistry and the periodic table of elements difficult to put down, I d have had a hard time believing you But I did This book was funny, interesting, even gripping at times, and always engaging I took [...]

    This book took me 76 days, or almost three months, to read In this case, I needed all seventy six individual days to work my brain through passages like this one For instance, thirteen aluminium atoms grouped together in the right way do a killer bromine the two entities are indistinguishable in chemical reactions This happens despite the cluster being thirteen times larger than a single bromine atom and despite aluminium being nothing like the lacrimatory poison gas staple The clusters work lik [...]

    I m going to have to stop saying that I don t like non fiction This is the 3rd science ish book I have enjoyed recently This was an interesting look at history as told thru the periodic table I can t really speak to the accuracy of the science but I really enjoyed reading all the tales I recognized a lot of the science names but learned some knew things about them The parts I found the most interesting were how great an effect WWII had on science and scientists and the parts about mental health [...]

    Never underestimate spite as a motivator for genius I can t really speak to the scientific accuracy of this book, but I really enjoyed listening to the stories that come from the periodic table I feel like I learned some things, which isn t that difficult of a feat since what I remember from my high school chemistry class has to do with the people sitting near me we called ourselves the Peanut Gallery I have vague memories of a teacher, the great Thorstein Sabo, who tried to teach us about the [...]

    Dissolving two noble medals before the nazis arriveDescription Incredible stories of science, history, finance, mythology, the arts, medicine, and , 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 ev [...]

    I should have liked this book and I can t really explain why I didn t It s not poorly written though it ain t Solzhenitsyn and it s not that uninteresting of a topic, but I just found that after the first 40ish pages, I dreaded having to read It was like pulling teeth, only a bit less painful, even without the option of novocaine.I think part of it was that the book wasn t well organized The author seemed to jump around the periodic table at his whim without keeping a consistent framework perh [...]

    This book constipated my reading for almost a month I have overdue fines from other books that were stacked up behind it Not because I wasn t enjoying the book it s readable, fascinating, and chock full of the very anecdotes about science and scientists that I love So then, why the hell did I find this book so hard It s precisely because the book is a collection of anecdotes that it was so hard to read I felt like I was trying to grasp quicksilver mercury, symbol Hg from Latin hydragyrum, meanin [...]

    This does for the periodic table what I am always trying to do for mathnk the science to the historical events, the people, and the economics that push scientific discoveries I was fascinated by the many details about the hunt for elements, the private lives of the Curies, the radioactive boy scout, the dangers of storing rare elements in the Congo, and that the same man who invented nitrogen rich fertilizers, is also the inventor of zyklon B It also made me want to read about The Manhattan Pro [...]

    Okay I will start by saying this is a fascinating book but you will need some understanding of the periodic table and chemistry now I am not saying you need to be degree level but it will make some of the references a little easier to spot and the importance of some of the statements just that little dramatic That said and I have read a number of chemistry books both for fun and for academic reasons yes okay I am chemist but I did like how the author approached the subject of each chapter I wil [...]

    So far, not so great The degree of anthropomorphizing of atoms in the introductory chapters has left me completely puzzled about the actual science involved I have no idea what it means that oxygen is a bully Does oxygen shake down other atoms for electrons How does that even work However, the chapter on chemical warfare has been disturbing but interesting If the rest of the book is historical figures character driven, rather than atomic character driven, then my overall opinion of the book shou [...]

    In a breezy style, Kean intersperses chemistry and physics with a potpourri of stories revolving around the elements He explains how the elements formed and how they were discovered He blends complex science and human interest in his examples of how the elements have been used and influenced history Kean transitions quickly from deep discussions of atomic structure or quantum mechanics to oddities such as the nutcase who turned blue eating silver because he thought there would be no antibiotics [...]

    This book was lots of fun, and it certainly taught me than I ever learned in high school chemistry class Quite honestly, if someone had asked me for a definition of chemistry before, I don t think I would have known what to say At the same time, The Disappearing Spoon wasn t like a lecture in the least bit, and instead folded tons of scientific information into stories about the scientists and their accomplishments I d recommend it to anyone who s curious about a subject they may have only enco [...]

    This book was an interesting compendium of stories linking up the various elements of the Periodic Table Not only did I learn about the various scientists who discovered this or that element, but I learned a good deal about many of the elements themselves It was entertaining enough that I kept coming back to it to read I ve got a much better understanding now of elements and what makes them differ from each other And I didn t even realize that elements can change or decay into other elements Ne [...]

    This book is quite an entertaining read It is packed with interesting anecdotes about scientists who explored the outer fringes of the periodic table I even learned a little bit of chemistry The book is organized in an intelligent manner each chapter is devoted to some theme, with a small group of elements that fit into that theme in some way Sometimes the author strays from the exploration of elements, but he always seems to relate to the chapter s theme The only thing that puts me off a bit, i [...]

    scritto cos chiaro e scorrevole che ho capito perfino io e nei quaranta minuti successivi alla fine della lettura mi sono sentita marie curie.

    This is a rare specimen among the books I tend to read a two bookmark book I was skeptical when this first came to my attention I grew up reading any and every science related book I could find My early fascination with books about science particularly chemistry and physics led, many years later, to my day job career I also blame Dr Who for this, but that s a longer story But it was a long road, and not surprisingly along the way I lost my enthusiasm for reading books about science topics in my [...]

    This book takes a monumental topic the periodic table and breaks it down into various digestible topic areas While I enjoyed it and learned a lot of history of science trivia I d been unaware of, what with my head stuck in the 18th century and had a few a ha moments as some organic chemistry concepts FINALLY made sense to me 14 years after my last ochem class , I have two big problems with the book 1 star because the book needed editing Badly Kean s writing is usually OK, but sometimes forced, f [...]

    I m going to start out saying that Lisa wrote a great review of this book As a book, this book is absolutely wonderful It makes chemistry and physics comprehensible and fun I listened to it in audio and thought the narrator did a fantastic job with it He actually made the jokes sound funny He knew what tone the author was striving for and he hit it spot on However, I think I ended up missing a lot by listening rather than reading The book is so packed full of fun facts and numbers and, of course [...]

    The Disappearing Spoon is not quite as entertaining to me as Sam Kean s book on neuroscience, but it s still reasonably fun and definitely an easy read There s all kinds of random facts, and he makes things like electron shells very clear even for me, with my brain s stubborn refusal to grasp it all He writes with humour and enthusiasm, pulling out interesting characters and discoveries from the history of the Periodic Table and its elements.I m just not as into chemistry physics as I am biology [...]

    The subtitle of this book is and Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements The Periodic Table Chemistry How could I possibly be completely enthralled by such a book How could I dare give it five stars when I wasn t able to truly understand a lot of what I read Because of the writing, pure and simple.Kean makes chemistry accessible for the willing to make an intellectual effort layperson but it s not just the chemistry It s the characte [...]

    Entertaining read and a fascinating subject matter I m definitely the right audience for this book someone who knows some chemistry but didn t get any higher degrees in it, and is interested in the historical, cultural building of the periodic table than the hard science.Kean s wry prose never lets you forget that his point of view is subjective and conversational he paints caricatures of famous scientists and makes ridiculous analogies His audience is undoubtedly American He does his best to e [...]

    I was a chemical engineering major in college, so some of the background information like the basics of the periodic table was familiar to me and therefore a little tedious to read Outside of that, however, this was a fascinating book that I think would be accessible to non beakerheads.Each chapter is devoted to a group of elements that are related Instead of going for the obvious groupings the inert gasses, the halogens, etc he comes at them from a refreshingly sideways direction There s a chap [...]

    There s a lot packed into this book I enjoyed the look of the history of the periodic table how it got started, the changes made over time, the discoveries of elements Intermingled are the stories of the people the scientists who figured things out and made things happen Intertwined yet again are the stories of the theory and workings of atoms what makes them tick, what makes them unique, what makes them react Then there s all those scientists some humorous, some deceitful or crazy for fame I re [...]

    What Neil DeGrasse Tyson does for astronomy and David Attenborough does for zoology, Sam Kean does for chemistry and physics TOGETHER There were a few times when the author simplified technical explanations, which I think made it confusing For that reason, I almost gave this book a 4 However there were enough moments where my mind was completely blown that I decided it had to be a 5 The first chapter is boring, but it is well worth pushing through What is it with science and very boring first c [...]

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