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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
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Back Bay Books
Publication date June 6, 2011
Pages 391
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780316051637
ISBN-10 0316051632
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
Other format details sci/tech
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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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Hardcover
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1 edition from Little Brown & Co (July 12, 2010)
9780316051644 | details & prices | 391 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $28.00
About: 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.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Back Bay Books (June 6, 2011)
9780316051637 | details & prices | 391 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $17.00
About: 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.
Miscellaneous
from Little Brown & Co (July 12, 2010)
9780316089081 | details & prices | List price $11.99

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