The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

The 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 The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasu...

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Title: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
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Genres:Science
ISBN:The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:394 pages pages

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements Reviews

  • K
    May 16, 2011

    Stop the search. Recall the teams. I have found the non-fiction, summer read of 2010! The Disappearing Spoon. First, what?s a summer read, Mr. Josey Wales thumbnail photo? A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels prov...

    My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here : The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun. It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way. Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense ...

    Okay. Let me tell it to you honestly. This book is not the most well written book - the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative. It is much more of a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge. That said, I couldn't get back to reading t...

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it?s a superb book. It?s beautifully organized and well written. It?s a wonderful way to learn and/or deepen knowledge of chemistry. This book is fine for laypeople, but will give meaning and extra enjoyment even for advanced ch...

    There's a certain type of goodreads troll -- the one who defends their beloved book by saying something like, "Well, if you knew the topic didn't interest you why were you stupid enough to pick up the book?" To that goodreads troll I now have an answer: this book. If you had told me...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jul 04, 2012

    Stop the search. Recall the teams. I have found the non-fiction, summer read of 2010! The Disappearing Spoon. First, what?s a summer read, Mr. Josey Wales thumbnail photo? A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels prov...

    My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here : The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun. It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way. Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense ...

    Okay. Let me tell it to you honestly. This book is not the most well written book - the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative. It is much more of a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge. That said, I couldn't get back to reading t...

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it?s a superb book. It?s beautifully organized and well written. It?s a wonderful way to learn and/or deepen knowledge of chemistry. This book is fine for laypeople, but will give meaning and extra enjoyment even for advanced ch...

    There's a certain type of goodreads troll -- the one who defends their beloved book by saying something like, "Well, if you knew the topic didn't interest you why were you stupid enough to pick up the book?" To that goodreads troll I now have an answer: this book. If you had told me...

    This book took me 76 days, or almost three months, to read. In this case, I needed all seventy-six individual days to work my brain through passages like this one: For instance, thirteen aluminium atoms grouped together in the right way do a killer bromine: the two entities are ind...

    Dissolving two noble medals before the nazis arrive Description: 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?...

    I'm going to have to stop saying that I don't like non fiction. This is the 3rd "science ish" book I have enjoyed recently. This was an interesting look at history as told thru the periodic table. I can't really speak to the accuracy of the science but I really enjoyed reading all the ...

    I should have liked this book more and I can't really explain why I didn't. It's not poorly written (though it ain't Solzhenitsyn) and it's not that uninteresting of a topic, but I just found that after the first 40ish pages, I dreaded having to read more. It was like pulling teeth, on...

    "Never underestimate spite as a motivator for genius." I can't really speak to the scientific accuracy of this book, but I really enjoyed listening to the stories that come from the periodic table. I feel like I learned some things, which isn't that difficult of a feat since what I ...

  • Lisa Vegan
    May 30, 2010

    Stop the search. Recall the teams. I have found the non-fiction, summer read of 2010! The Disappearing Spoon. First, what?s a summer read, Mr. Josey Wales thumbnail photo? A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels prov...

    My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here : The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun. It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way. Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense ...

    Okay. Let me tell it to you honestly. This book is not the most well written book - the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative. It is much more of a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge. That said, I couldn't get back to reading t...

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it?s a superb book. It?s beautifully organized and well written. It?s a wonderful way to learn and/or deepen knowledge of chemistry. This book is fine for laypeople, but will give meaning and extra enjoyment even for advanced ch...

  • Paul Bryant
    Jan 06, 2012

    Stop the search. Recall the teams. I have found the non-fiction, summer read of 2010! The Disappearing Spoon. First, what?s a summer read, Mr. Josey Wales thumbnail photo? A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels prov...

    My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here : The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun. It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way. Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense ...

  • rmn
    Dec 25, 2010

    Stop the search. Recall the teams. I have found the non-fiction, summer read of 2010! The Disappearing Spoon. First, what?s a summer read, Mr. Josey Wales thumbnail photo? A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels prov...

    My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here : The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun. It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way. Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense ...

    Okay. Let me tell it to you honestly. This book is not the most well written book - the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative. It is much more of a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge. That said, I couldn't get back to reading t...

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it?s a superb book. It?s beautifully organized and well written. It?s a wonderful way to learn and/or deepen knowledge of chemistry. This book is fine for laypeople, but will give meaning and extra enjoyment even for advanced ch...

    There's a certain type of goodreads troll -- the one who defends their beloved book by saying something like, "Well, if you knew the topic didn't interest you why were you stupid enough to pick up the book?" To that goodreads troll I now have an answer: this book. If you had told me...

    This book took me 76 days, or almost three months, to read. In this case, I needed all seventy-six individual days to work my brain through passages like this one: For instance, thirteen aluminium atoms grouped together in the right way do a killer bromine: the two entities are ind...

    Dissolving two noble medals before the nazis arrive Description: 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?...

    I'm going to have to stop saying that I don't like non fiction. This is the 3rd "science ish" book I have enjoyed recently. This was an interesting look at history as told thru the periodic table. I can't really speak to the accuracy of the science but I really enjoyed reading all the ...

    I should have liked this book more and I can't really explain why I didn't. It's not poorly written (though it ain't Solzhenitsyn) and it's not that uninteresting of a topic, but I just found that after the first 40ish pages, I dreaded having to read more. It was like pulling teeth, on...

  • Bettie☯
    Oct 17, 2014

    Stop the search. Recall the teams. I have found the non-fiction, summer read of 2010! The Disappearing Spoon. First, what?s a summer read, Mr. Josey Wales thumbnail photo? A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels prov...

    My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here : The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun. It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way. Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense ...

    Okay. Let me tell it to you honestly. This book is not the most well written book - the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative. It is much more of a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge. That said, I couldn't get back to reading t...

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it?s a superb book. It?s beautifully organized and well written. It?s a wonderful way to learn and/or deepen knowledge of chemistry. This book is fine for laypeople, but will give meaning and extra enjoyment even for advanced ch...

    There's a certain type of goodreads troll -- the one who defends their beloved book by saying something like, "Well, if you knew the topic didn't interest you why were you stupid enough to pick up the book?" To that goodreads troll I now have an answer: this book. If you had told me...

    This book took me 76 days, or almost three months, to read. In this case, I needed all seventy-six individual days to work my brain through passages like this one: For instance, thirteen aluminium atoms grouped together in the right way do a killer bromine: the two entities are ind...

    Dissolving two noble medals before the nazis arrive Description: 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?...

  • Emily
    Apr 27, 2017

    Stop the search. Recall the teams. I have found the non-fiction, summer read of 2010! The Disappearing Spoon. First, what?s a summer read, Mr. Josey Wales thumbnail photo? A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels prov...

    My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here : The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun. It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way. Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense ...

    Okay. Let me tell it to you honestly. This book is not the most well written book - the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative. It is much more of a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge. That said, I couldn't get back to reading t...

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it?s a superb book. It?s beautifully organized and well written. It?s a wonderful way to learn and/or deepen knowledge of chemistry. This book is fine for laypeople, but will give meaning and extra enjoyment even for advanced ch...

    There's a certain type of goodreads troll -- the one who defends their beloved book by saying something like, "Well, if you knew the topic didn't interest you why were you stupid enough to pick up the book?" To that goodreads troll I now have an answer: this book. If you had told me...

    This book took me 76 days, or almost three months, to read. In this case, I needed all seventy-six individual days to work my brain through passages like this one: For instance, thirteen aluminium atoms grouped together in the right way do a killer bromine: the two entities are ind...

  • Jason
    Aug 10, 2010

    Stop the search. Recall the teams. I have found the non-fiction, summer read of 2010! The Disappearing Spoon. First, what?s a summer read, Mr. Josey Wales thumbnail photo? A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels prov...

  • Kate
    Dec 03, 2010

    Stop the search. Recall the teams. I have found the non-fiction, summer read of 2010! The Disappearing Spoon. First, what?s a summer read, Mr. Josey Wales thumbnail photo? A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels prov...

    My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here : The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun. It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way. Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense ...

    Okay. Let me tell it to you honestly. This book is not the most well written book - the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative. It is much more of a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge. That said, I couldn't get back to reading t...

  • Amanda
    Nov 07, 2016

    Stop the search. Recall the teams. I have found the non-fiction, summer read of 2010! The Disappearing Spoon. First, what?s a summer read, Mr. Josey Wales thumbnail photo? A summer read is one you can enjoy during a vacation to the beach, with fresh cocktails and clean towels prov...

    My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here : The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun. It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way. Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense ...

    Okay. Let me tell it to you honestly. This book is not the most well written book - the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative. It is much more of a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge. That said, I couldn't get back to reading t...

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it?s a superb book. It?s beautifully organized and well written. It?s a wonderful way to learn and/or deepen knowledge of chemistry. This book is fine for laypeople, but will give meaning and extra enjoyment even for advanced ch...

    There's a certain type of goodreads troll -- the one who defends their beloved book by saying something like, "Well, if you knew the topic didn't interest you why were you stupid enough to pick up the book?" To that goodreads troll I now have an answer: this book. If you had told me...

    This book took me 76 days, or almost three months, to read. In this case, I needed all seventy-six individual days to work my brain through passages like this one: For instance, thirteen aluminium atoms grouped together in the right way do a killer bromine: the two entities are ind...

    Dissolving two noble medals before the nazis arrive Description: 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?...

    I'm going to have to stop saying that I don't like non fiction. This is the 3rd "science ish" book I have enjoyed recently. This was an interesting look at history as told thru the periodic table. I can't really speak to the accuracy of the science but I really enjoyed reading all the ...