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The Disappearing Spoon...and other true tales from the Periodic Table

An entertaining and accessible book about chemistry and the periodic table. Follows carbon, neon, silicon, gold and every single element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, medicine and the lives of the sometimes mad scientists who discovered them.

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Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a child and now he is a writer in Washington DC. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, Air & Space/Smithsonian and New Scientist. In 2009 he was a runner-up for the National Association of Science Writers' Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for best science writer under the age of thirty. He currently writes for Science. This is his first book.
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"Kean has Bill Bryson's comic touch... a lively history of the elements and the characters behind their discovery" New Scientist "A wealth of fascinating stories with a dazzling cast of heroes and villains. Written with gusto and backed by a mind-boggling amount of research, this is a real page turner" -- Robert Matthews Daily Telegraph 20111115 "One of the most readable and entertaining books about science yet published ... [Kean] is master of enlightening metaphors" Daily Express "The periodic table meets the best-seller list with Sam Kean's Disappearing Spoon, an engaging tour of the elements... with the eclat of raw sodium dropped in a beaker of water" The New York Times "the anecdotal flourishes of Oliver Sacks and the populist accessibility of Malcolm Gladwell" Entertainment Weekly
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 400
Erscheinungsdatum 01.07.2011
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-552-77750-6
Verlag Transworld Publishers Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 198/132/27 mm
Gewicht 288
Abbildungen Illustrations, ports.
Verkaufsrang 17.526
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