Karen'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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Jul 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in January, 2011

This is not unlike Bill Bryson's At Home, but rather than talking about homes and private life, it's a wandering tour of science, the elements, and the periodical table. It necessarily includes some chemistry and physics, but they are strongly leavened with a large number of amusing and incredible tales. If you're looking for serious history of science material, this is not it, but if you are looking for an amusing and entertaining look at scientists, science, and the elements, this is very good. Even the footnotes are entertaining.

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