The Disappearing Spoon

And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements

Kean, Sam

(Audiobook CD - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Disappearing Spoon
The periodic table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But 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.
Publisher: Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor Audio, p2010.
ISBN: 1400149525
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Runnette, Sean


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Jan 16, 2015
  • Rinny_Who rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is surprisingly accessible. I knew hardly anything of chemistry before I read this. I enjoyed the presentation of interesting mini histories for each element and the patchwork effort of many to stitch the elements together in a comprehensive way, giving such depth to the overwhelming 2-dimensional periodic table.

I recommend this for the obvious non-fiction reader interested in science, history and of course, chemistry students.

Sep 22, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Confession: I zoned out quite a bit while listening to this book. (Perhaps the print/eBook would have been a better format.) Great in concept, I just don't think I was the right audience. A mix of science, history, and anecdotes that added a fun, human perspective to the history of the periodic table. I was drawn to the human stories but often the discussion was just a bit too technical for my tastes. However, I still learned some interesting trivia and am glad I persevered to the end.

May 15, 2013
  • EricaReynolds rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Terrific book about science and history. Very enjoyable.

Jun 05, 2012
  • EHOLTZCLAW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I never took chemistry or physics in high school because I always felt they were inaccessible. This book really explained things simply and relateably. I also really enjoyed the connections to historical anecdotes of the scientists who discovered the elements and their uses in the world.

Nov 07, 2011
  • VRMurphy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Accidentally ordered the audiobook copy instead of the book one. It's quite interesting but I think that, for me anyway, the material is better suited to a traditional paper version, so I can flip back to doublecheck some of the info or if I can't follow the facts in my head. Don't have much education in chemistry, so it's probably more me than the book itself, and the stories are very interesting even when I got lost. Going to request the paper version and try again.

Apr 08, 2011
  • AlanaS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An interesting look at history through the periodic table of elements....


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