Donna Jo Atwood'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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Oct 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010-2011-winter-challenge, science
Read from November 23, 2010 to January 13, 2011

I don't have a very big science background, but I do enjoy reading books written for the reader with an interest, but not the vocabulary. Kean does a good job of explaining the Periodic Table of Elements from the history of the table itself, to a little about each element. Along the way he covers everything from Greek myths to Godzilla with a few stops for exploring individual scientists. The writing style is amusing without being silly.

This is probably not a books to sit and read straight through, but the chapters are fairly short. Oh, and be sure to read the footnotes.

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