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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

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The periodic table of the elements is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, obsession, and betrayal. These tales follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold, and all the elements in the table as they play out their parts in human history. The usual suspects are here, like Marie Curie (and her radioactive journey to the discovery of polonium and radium) and William Shockley  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Kean
ISBN: 9780316051644 0316051640
OCLC Number: 456551224
Description: vi, 391 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Orientation : column by column, row by row: Geography is destiny ; Near twins and black sheep : the genealogy of elements ; The Galápagos of the periodic table --
Making atoms, breaking Atoms: Where atoms come from : "We are all star stuff" ; Elements in time of war ; Completing the table with a bang ; Extending the table, expanding the Cold War --
Periodic confusion : the emergence of complexity: From physics to biology ; Poisoner's corridor : "ouch-ouch" ; Take two elements, call me in the morning ; How elements deceive --
The elements of human character: Political elements ; Elements as money ; Artistic elements ; An element of madness --
Element science today and tomorrow: Chemistry way, way below zero ; Spheres of splendor : the science of bubbles ; Tools of ridiculous precision ; Above (and beyond) the periodic table.
Responsibility: Sam Kean.

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Incredible stories of love, history, and the nature of mankind, brought to us by the Periodic Table.  Read more...

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'With a constant flow of fun facts bubbling to the surfaace, Kean writes with wit, flair and authority in a debut that will delight even general readers' - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 
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