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    DescriptionThe 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. We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues' wives when she'd invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark swallowed mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? From the Big Bang to the end of time, it's all in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON


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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: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780316051644
    ISBN 10: 0316051640
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    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
    BIC subject category V2: PN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    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
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16510
    LC classification: QD466 .K37 2010
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: PN, NHB, PDZ
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    Integrated: 10, b/w illus
    Publisher
    Little, Brown & Company
    Imprint name
    Little, Brown & Company
    Publication date
    05 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Sam Kean is a writer in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, The Believer, Air & Space, Science and The New Scientist. He is currently working as a reporter at Science magazine and as a 2009 Middlebury Environmental Journalism fellow.
    Review quote
    '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