Sam Kean “The Disappearing Spoon”

June 21st, 2011

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The Periodic Table is perhaps the most ubiquitous adornment in every chemistry classroom in every high school and college in the world. A well-ordered, imposing table of all the known elements on earth, it’s the bedrock of scientific knowledge that even non-scientists recognize, if not understand.

But as with so many ubiquitous things, the story behind the Periodic Table and its many contributors has become obscured.

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At least until now.

Science magazine reporter Sam Kean introduces us to great achievers, geniuses, mad scientists, and even a schemer or two in telling the story of the Periodic Table. Why, before you know it you’ll be telling gallium and mercury jokes with the best of ‘em.

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Kean’s book is called “The Disappearing Spoon.”

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One Response

  1. Nook on Sale says:

    Maybe I’m just a chemistry nerd, but that actually sounds like something I would like to read. I went to school for chemistry, and this would be a nice change from those boring textbooks.

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