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

Sam Kean


The Periodic desk is one among man's crowning medical achievements. yet it's additionally a treasure trove of reports of ardour, event, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious stories and dazzling information within the DISAPPEARING SPOON stick with carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their elements in human historical past, finance, mythology, struggle, the humanities, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who came across them.

We study that Marie Curie used to impress jealousy in colleagues' other halves while she'd invite them into closets to work out her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark swallowed mercury drugs around the kingdom and their campsites are nonetheless detectable through the poison within the floor. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made up of cadmium? And why did tellurium bring about the main strange gold rush in history?

From the massive Bang to the top of time, it's all within the DISAPPEARING SPOON.

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