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The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. We learn that Marie Curie used to provoke jealousy in colleagues' wives when she'd invite them into closets to see her glow-in-the-dark experiments. And that Lewis and Clark buried mercury capsules across the country and their campsites are still detectable by the poison in the ground. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? From the Big Bang to the end of time, it's all in THE DISAPPEARING SPOON.
Sam Kean is a writer in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, The Believer, Air & Space, Science, and The New Scientist. He is currently working as a reporter at Science magazine and as a 2009 Middlebury Environmental Journalism fellow.
Table of Contents
|Orientation: Column by Column, Row by Row|
|Geography is Destiny||p. 11|
|Near Twins and Black Sheep: The Genealogy of Elements||p. 32|
|The Galßpagos of the Periodic Table||p. 47|
|Making Atoms, Breaking Atoms|
|Where Atoms Come From: ˘We Are All Star Stuff÷||p. 65|
|Elements in Times of War||p. 81|
|Completing the Table…with a Bang||p. 98|
|Extending the Table, Expanding the Cold War||p. 115|
|Periodic Confusion: The Emergence of Complexity|
|From Physics to Biology||p. 135|
|Poisoner's Corridor: ˘Ouch-Ouch÷||p. 152|
|Take Two Elements, Call Me in the Morning||p. 167|
|How Elements Deceive||p. 186|
|The Elements of Human Character|
|Political Elements||p. 203|
|Elements as Money||p. 222|
|Artistic Elements||p. 238|
|An Element of Madness||p. 255|
|Element Science Today and Tomorrow|
|Chemistry Way, Way Below Zero||p. 277|
|Spheres of Splendor: The Science of Bubbles||p. 295|
|Tools of Ridiculous Precision||p. 314|
|Above (and Beyond) the Periodic Table||p. 331|
|Acknowledgments and Thanks||p. 347|
|Notes and Errata||p. 349|
|The Periodic Table of the Elements||p. 392|
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