Karl Kindt'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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Apr 08, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011
Read in July, 2011 — I own a copy

This book blends pure science, sociology, and history in a very well-written blend of details and mind-blowing concepts, all framed within the period table of elements. It reads like a stream of consciousness, but was clearly not written that way. It is highly structured in its form, yet retains fluidity of prose that makes it a page-turner. It weaves together hundreds of threads of personalities, discoveries, and truths about the elements that make up our lives almost like a novel. In a paragraph this author makes fusion, fission, and quantum physics make sense to a layman (that's me). This is my favorite pure science book I have ever read.

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