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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
Kean, Sam (Audiobook CD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Disappearing Spoon


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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.
Authors: Kean, Sam
Title: The disappearing spoon
and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements
[sound recording]
Publisher: Old Saybrook, CT :, Tantor Audio,, p2010.
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container.
Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Duration: 13:00:00.
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 53 80 118 133 138 143 172 198 210 211 250 263 264
Additional Contributors: Runnette, Sean
ISBN: 9781400119523
1400119529
9781400149520
1400149525
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Report This May 15, 2013
  • EricaReynolds rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Terrific book about science and history. Very enjoyable.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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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