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The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
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Jul 07, 11

bookshelves: science, nature, non-fiction
Recommended for: mad scientists (happy ones too)
Read from June 13 to July 02, 2011

This book was an interesting compendium of stories linking up the various elements of the Periodic Table. Not only did I learn about the various scientists who discovered this or that element, but I learned a good deal about many of the elements themselves. It was entertaining enough that I kept coming back to it to read more. I've got a much better understanding now of elements and what makes them differ from each other. And I didn't even realize that elements can change (or decay) into other elements. Never really thought about it, I guess. Now I know how it can happen (though not every element does this.) Lots of cool facts and odd stories about odd scientists are embedded in this book. Recommended for anyone interested in science, especially those without a Ph.D. It's rocks for jocks.
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Reading Progress

06/14/2011 page 40
10.0% "Science is kool!"
06/16/2011 page 65
16.0% "Mendeleev is quite a character!"
06/17/2011 page 78
19.0% "Fascinating stuff."
06/29/2011 page 222
53.0% "That Nobel committee has some interesting politics."
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Michael Very handsome cover.


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