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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.
    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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    ISBN 9780316051644
    Genre SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 391
    Publisher Date 2010-07-12 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Little Brown & Co
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 9.75 in
    Wdth 6.5 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 1.35 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Kean, Sam
    Country of Origin United States

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