I'm a scientist by profession, so I'm admittedly a bit of a nerd. Which is why I was so excited to get to review a great new book entitled The Disappearing Spoon- and other true tales of madness, love and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements.
Here's some information on the book from its website:
Reading The Disappearing Spoon was like sitting through a fun chemistry class. Something I, as a chemistry minor in college, have never actually experienced in real life :) This book isn't a light read, but it's endlessly fascinating and crammed full of great historical tidbits, stories about famous (and infamous) scientists, and tons of actual chemistry facts. The author, Sam Kean, presents everything in a really understandable and down-to-earth manner. You won't even realize how much you're learning as you read!
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 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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I think that every chemistry teacher needs to run out and pick up this book and use it to help teach their classes. Fun facts and stories make learning science so much easier! I never imagined that the periodic table of the elements could come alive and be something more than just columns of information on the wall, but this book makes it happen. If you're someone who is interested in science and history, I think you'll like this book a lot. And you'll have lots of great conversation topics for all the holiday parties right around the corner!
And I have good news! Two of you will win a copy of this book! (US/Canadian mailing addresses only, please).
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, thanks to my involvement at the Product Review Place. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.