The Disappearing Spoon
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release : 12 July 2010
  • ISBN : 0316089087
  • Page : 400 pages
  • Rating : 3.5/5 from 2965 voters
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Download or read online book entitled The Disappearing Spoon, was written by Sam Kean and published by Little, Brown in pdf, epub and kindle format. This book was released on 12 July 2010 with total pages 400. 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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