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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 (CD-Audio) By (author) Sam Kean, Narrator Sean Runnette

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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, Narrator Sean Runnette
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 163 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 79 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400119523
    ISBN 10: 1400119529
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    LC subject heading:
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.9T
    DC22: 546
    BIC subject category V2: PNK
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 710
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    Abridged Dewey: 546
    BISAC V2.8: SCI013000, SCI013030
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: QD466 .K37 2010C
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 56540
    Thema V1.0: PN, NHB, PNK
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    24 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    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," "Science," and the "New Scientist." Sean Runnette, a multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, has produced several Audie Award-winning audiobooks. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company, and his television and film appearances include "Two If by Sea," "Copland," "Sex and the City," "Law & Order," and "Third Watch."
    Review quote
    "Kean's ability to ferret out the lighter side of events makes for an addictive and educational experience. Narrator Sean Runnette proves himself to be the perfect surrogate for the author.... His connected reading shows that he understands the subtle humor, irony, and impact of such a clever history." ---AudioFile