Laurie's Reviews > 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 by Sam Kean
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bookshelves: 2012, non-fiction, history
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This reminded me a lot of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything except this focused on the periodic table of the elements. I learned a lot more from this than the other, but I'll also not remember most of it whereas the other was full of things I had long retained in memory. I suppose it's the difference between learning specific facts vs. broader scientific principles/concepts/theories. Overall this was interesting, but while it had plenty to fascinate me, I also thought the book was plagued with really dull, tedious passages that probably only a chemist could love. Still, glad I read it.
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