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    Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he is a writer in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, Air & Space/Smithsonian, and New Scientist. In 2009 he was a runner-up for the National Association of Science Writers' Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for best science writer under the age of thirty. He currently writes for Science and is a 2009-2010 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 9780316051637
    Genre SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 391
    Publisher Date 2011-06-06 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Back Bay Books
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.8 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 Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Kean, Sam
    Country of Origin United States

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