The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements Author Sam Kean
ISBN-10 0316051632
ISBN-13 9780316051637
Year 2011-06-06
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Back Bay Books
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From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes incredible stories of science history finance mythology the arts medicine and more as told by the Periodic Table Why did Gandhi hate iodine I 53 How did radium Ra 88 nearly ruin Marie Curie s reputation And why is gallium Ga 31 the go to element for laboratory pranksters The Periodic Table is a crowning scientific achievement but it s also a treasure trove of adventure betrayal and obsession These fascinating tales follow every element on the table as they play out their parts in human history and in the lives of the frequently mad scientists who discovered them THE DISAPPEARING SPOON masterfully fuses science with the classic lore of invention investigation and discovery from the Big Bang through the end of time Though solid at room temperature gallium is a moldable metal that melts at 84 degrees Fahrenheit A classic science prank is to mold gallium spoons serve them with tea and watch guests recoil as their utensils disappear

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