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    DescriptionFrom 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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    Title
    The Disappearing Spoon
    Subtitle
    And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sam Kean
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 391
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780316051637
    ISBN 10: 0316051632
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    DC22: 546
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    DC21: 546
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    Abridged Dewey: 546
    B&T Approval Code: A50890000, A54010200
    BISAC V2.8: SCI013000, SCI013030
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QD466 .K37 2010
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: PDX, PDZ
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    , black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Little, Brown & Company
    Imprint name
    Little, Brown & Company
    Publication date
    06 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Sam Kean is the author of the "New York Times "bestsellers "The Disappearing Spoon "and "The Violinist's Thumb "and the forthcoming book "The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. "His work has appeared in the "New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, "and "New Scientist "and has been featured on NPR's "Radiolab, All Things Considered, "and "Fresh Air."
    Review quote
    ""The Disappearing Spoon" shines a welcome light on the beauty of the periodic table. Follow plain speaking and humorous Sam Kean into its intricate geography and stray into astronomy, biology, and history, learn of neon rain and gas warfare, meet both ruthless and selfless scientists, and before it is over fall head over heels for the anything but arcane subject of chemistry." Bill Streever, "author of Cold""