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The Disappearing Spoon

And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table...

Sam Kean



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12 November 2019
Children's & Educational; History & the past: general interest (Children's&YA); Science & technology: general interest (Children's&YA); Educational: History; Educational: Sciences, general science; Educational: Chemistry
Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?

The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, greed, betrayal, and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow elements on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

Adapted for a middle grade audience, the young readers edition of THE DISAPPEARING SPOON offers the material in a simple, easy-to-follow format, with approximately 20 line drawings and sidebars throughout. Students, teachers, and burgeoning science buffs will love learning about the history behind the chemistry.
By:   Sam Kean
Imprint:   Orion
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9780316388276
ISBN 10:   0316388270
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   12 November 2019
Recommended Age:   From 10 years
Audience:   Primary & secondary/elementary & high school ,  Children's (6-12)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sam Kean is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist's Thumb. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, and New Scientist, and has been featured on NPR's Radiolab and All Things Considered.

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