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

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

Language & Reference, Popular Science, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 28/07/2011
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Synopsis

Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?

The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it's also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold and every single element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

Why did a little lithium (Li, 3) help cure poet Robert Lowell of his madness? And how did gallium (Ga, 31) become the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Disappearing Spoon has the answers, fusing science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, discovery and alchemy, from the big bang through to the end of time.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780552777506
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 28 mm

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This is a highly entertaining and surprisingly interesting insight into the world of the periodic table and its creaters and contributers from the man who ... READ MORE
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The Disappearing Spoon...and other true tales from the Periodic Table
Elemental Rag Tag
An enjoyable book. It is basically a list of anecdotes and facts about all the main elements grouped in topics by chapters such as “Elements in Times of Wa... READ MORE
Joe Franks