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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 Paperback – 6 Jun 2011

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"Kean...unpacks the periodic table's bag of tricks with such aplomb and fascination that material normally as heavy as lead transmutes into gold. A-"―Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly

"Kean's writing sparks like small shocks...he gives science a whiz-bang verve so that every page becomes one you cannot wait to turn just to see what he's going reveal next."―Caroline Leavitt, The Boston Globe

"[Kean turns] The Disappearing Spoon into a nonstop parade of lively science stories...ebullient."―Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Kean's palpable enthusiasm and the thrill of knowledge and invention the book imparts can infect even the most right-brained reader."―Christine Thomas, Miami Herald

"With a constant flow of fun facts bubbling to the surface, Kean writes with wit, flair, and authority in a debut that will delight even general readers."―Publishers Weekly

"Nearly 150 years of wide-ranging science...and Kean makes it all interesting. Entertaining and enlightening."―Kirkus

"Only once in a rare while does an author come along with the craft and the vision to capture the fun and fascination of chemistry. The Disappearing Spoon is a pleasure and full of insights. If only I had read it before taking chemistry."―Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt and Cod

"If you stared a little helplessly at the chart of the periodic table on the wall of your high school chemistry class, then this is the book for you. It elucidates both the meanings and the pleasures of those numbers and letters, and does so with style and dash."―Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"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

About the Author

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.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (6 June 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316051632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316051637
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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