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!Download Pdf ⚖ The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements ☲ Why did Gandhi hate iodine I,Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium Cd,How did radium Ra,nearly ruin Marie Curie s reputation And why did tellurium Te,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 themWhy did a little lithium Li,help cure poet Robert Lowell of his madness And how did gallium Ga,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 This is on the banned book list why Oh that s right Certain parents think that science is too real for their precious babies What a lot of baloney The Disappearing Spoon is, quite literally, one of the most fascinating, informative, FUNNY, books about the Periodic Table that I ve ever read Okay, it is the only book about the Periodic Table that I ve ever read but it is amazing For those who love science or for those who simply would like to better under the elements that make the co This is on the banned book list why Oh that s right Certain parents think that science is too real for their precious babies What a lot of baloney The Disappearing Spoon is, quite literally, one of the most fascinating, informative, FUNNY, books about the Periodic Table that I ve ever read Okay, it is the only book about the Periodic Table that I ve ever read but it is amazing For those who love science or for those who simply would like to better under the elements that make the cosmos what it is, then this is a must read for you As for the disappearing spoon trick well, you ll just have to read the book to find out the secret to this parlor trick for yourself You ll be glad that you did Okay Let me tell it to you honestly.This book is not the most well written book the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative It is muchof a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge.That said, I couldn t get back to reading this fast enough I thought about a book about the scientific table throughout the day I stole a few minutes wherever I could I carried this book with me and was even gasp early to pick up the kids so that I could read Okay Let me tell it to you honestly.This book is not the most well written book the sentences are clunky and there is not a clear narrative It is muchof a rambling collection of stories and facts and quirky science knowledge.That said, I couldn t get back to reading this fast enough I thought about a book about the scientific table throughout the day I stole a few minutes wherever I could I carried this book with me and was even gasp early to pick up the kids so that I could read a few minutes in the car.I mean, the opening factoid is about our ability to trace Lewis Clark s trail by following the mercury laced poop trail I love that shit Growing up, I never loved science I didn t learn the periodic table in school like others did And so, there were times in this book, where I only understood a few clauses in each paragraph because the concepts were so advanced, but the author did a great job of bringing it back to a laypersons comprehension in the next paragraph So, in summary, this book is written for all levels of science or not nerds It is full of incredible tales and the fun secrets and stories of the people involved in the development of the periodic table and science as we know it.I will absolutely be rereading this book most definitely when the boys are learning the periodic table in school This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it s a superb book It s beautifully organized and well written It s a wonderful way to learn and or deepen knowledge of chemistry This book is fine for laypeople, but will give meaning and extra enjoyment even for advanced chemistry students Much appreciated by me was that the information imparted was over my head only a very few times, and that s saying a lot, because I ve never taken a chemistry class.This book covers the elements of the This is an absolutely brilliant idea for a book and it s a superb book It s beautifully organized and well written It s a wonderful way to learn and or deepen knowledge of chemistry This book is fine for laypeople, but will give meaning and extra enjoyment even for advanced chemistry students Much appreciated by me was that the information imparted was over my head only a very few times, and that s saying a lot, because I ve never taken a chemistry class.This book covers the elements of the periodic table via its history and by telling stories about the various elements their history of discovery, how they ve been used at various times, various people who found ways to make use of them Anyone with a smidgen of curiosity about any aspect of life should find many things here that they find interesting So many subjects are covered including astronomy, war, South Pole exploration, health and illness and poisoning, history, other sciences, the personalities of those who have contributed to the findings in the field, and so muchIt s jam packed with useful facts and enjoyable stories The relevance of the elements chemistry in everyday life is made so clear.There are many lovely digressions that turn out not to be digressions at all There were very amusing parts, including funny quips that frequently pop up, and all of those quips have substance It has a sort of gossipy in a good way tone I learned so much I found out that I love Linus Pauling and many other scientists who ve contributed to the field I was surprised how much of what s been discovered in the field of chemistry has been done fairly recently, and how it s still a growing, living scientific endeavor While I ve always been interested in science, and I did want a chemistry set when I was a child request denied , I knew deplorably little about chemistry Like the author, I loved playing with growing balls of mercury from broken thermometers Quite a few of the elements themselves were, of course, familiar to me, but I didn t know much about them I had a bit of chemistry in other college science classes and in nutrition class As I read, I frequently wished I d memorized the table before reading this book There is a table of the elements in the back of the book but it includes abbreviations only it is not embellished there is no list of elements by name next to it However, in the index, thankfully, the elements are listed in bold, and I referred to that index at the beginning of every chapter when some elements were listed, in what looked to me like unusual Scrabble tiles I read the notes as I read along, and they were easy to find because they started with page number and beginning of phrase in bold as a match their section in the book, but I d still rather they d have been included in the text proper to make the information even easier to read and to make it flowsmoothly.This book should be part of every beginning chemistry class It makes the subject so interesting This is certainly not the only attempt to make chemistry a great deal of fun for everyone The book mentions the Tom Lehrer song, The Elements which can be seen in many places including here.I really enjoyed this book, although I did end up reading it slowly, and I did take one break to read the young adult novel Mockingjay, which I d been waiting to read for nearly a year.This is a gem of a book and such a great idea I adored the humor, and there was a lot of it I ll let readers see for themselves why the book s title is what it is.I hope that Sam Kean or someone writes similar books about physics, mathematics, etc etc I would definitely read them if they were as clever as this book This does for the periodic table what I am always trying to do for math.link the science to the historical events, the people, and the economics that push scientific discoveries I was fascinated by the many details about the hunt for elements, the private lives of the Curies, the radioactive boy scout, the dangers of storing rare elements in the Congo, and that the same man who invented nitrogen rich fertilizers, is also the inventor of zyklon B It also made me want to readabout The M This does for the periodic table what I am always trying to do for math.link the science to the historical events, the people, and the economics that push scientific discoveries I was fascinated by the many details about the hunt for elements, the private lives of the Curies, the radioactive boy scout, the dangers of storing rare elements in the Congo, and that the same man who invented nitrogen rich fertilizers, is also the inventor of zyklon B It also made me want to readabout The Manhattan Project, so I guess its time to put the Rhodes book on my wishlist There s a certain type of goodreads troll the one who defends their beloved book by saying something like, Well, if you knew the topic didn t interest you why were you stupid enough to pick up the book To that goodreads troll I now have an answer this book.If you had told me a few weeks ago that I d find a book about chemistry and the periodic table of elements difficult to put down, I d have had a hard time believing you But I did This book was funny, interesting, even gripping at time There s a certain type of goodreads troll the one who defends their beloved book by saying something like, Well, if you knew the topic didn t interest you why were you stupid enough to pick up the book To that goodreads troll I now have an answer this book.If you had told me a few weeks ago that I d find a book about chemistry and the periodic table of elements difficult to put down, I d have had a hard time believing you But I did This book was funny, interesting, even gripping at times, and always engaging I took off a star because I ll admit that I didn t get all of it despite the author s best efforts I guess it would takethan a fun book to turn me into a chemistry person But it was still a wonderful read, and not a guilty pleasure because it was actually educational This meant I could feel virtuous for once while I ignored my various responsibilities in favor ofreading.So not only did I get to enjoy a good book, I feel vindicated in my ongoing belief that a a sufficiently good writer can make any topic interesting, even to a reluctant reader Yes sometimes it pays to leave your reading comfort zone And when it doesn t, you have every right to complain because it is about the book, not just about a personal bias with regard to the content For a good book, there should be no such thing as a right or wrong reader This book took me 76 days, or almost three months, to read In this case, I needed all seventy six individual days to work my brain through passages like this one For instance, thirteen aluminium atoms grouped together in the right way do a killer bromine the two entities are indistinguishable in chemical reactions This happens despite the cluster being thirteen times larger than a single bromine atom and despite aluminium being nothing like the lacrimatory poison gas staple The cluster This book took me 76 days, or almost three months, to read In this case, I needed all seventy six individual days to work my brain through passages like this one For instance, thirteen aluminium atoms grouped together in the right way do a killer bromine the two entities are indistinguishable in chemical reactions This happens despite the cluster being thirteen times larger than a single bromine atom and despite aluminium being nothing like the lacrimatory poison gas staple The clusters work like this The atoms arrange themselves into a three dimensional polyhedron, and each atom in it mimics a proton and a neutron in a collective nucleus The caveat is that electrons can flow around inside this soft nucleic blob, and the atoms share the electrons collectively Scientists wryly call this state of matter jelliumAll you need to know is that I m sort of an idiot If you read the above passage and thought, This makes perfect sense What an appropriate way to explain jellium, a state I ve always been interested in , then you are less of an idiot than me and will probably enjoy this book very much To givecontext, here s how much of an idiot I am when I took physics at Stanford on the way to my successful minor ha , I had a lot of trouble with electricity and optics To study, I did literally every single problem from those chapters, and I did the word problems multiple times When I got to the final, I immediately recognized one of the problems I had done at least four times, was jubilant for about 2 seconds, and then realized I had absolutely no idea how to do it I think I only got half credit That is how good I am at squashing scientific concepts into my brain On the positive side, I find all of this very interesting, and because I forget it so quickly, I have a lifetime of renewed discoveries ahead of me I should have liked this bookand I can t really explain why I didn t It s not poorly written though it ain t Solzhenitsyn and it s not that uninteresting of a topic, but I just found that after the first 40ish pages, I dreaded having to readIt was like pulling teeth, only a bit less painful, even without the option of novocaine.I think part of it was that the book wasn t well organized The author seemed to jump around the periodic table at his whim without keeping a consistent f I should have liked this bookand I can t really explain why I didn t It s not poorly written though it ain t Solzhenitsyn and it s not that uninteresting of a topic, but I just found that after the first 40ish pages, I dreaded having to readIt was like pulling teeth, only a bit less painful, even without the option of novocaine.I think part of it was that the book wasn t well organized The author seemed to jump around the periodic table at his whim without keeping a consistent framework perhaps that was the point, it was a bit unclear to me Anyway, the writing is OKish enough and it is certainly very well researched, so I can understand why many people have liked it And it s really not a bad science book, but for some reason I just found myself having a viscerally negative reaction to having to read the next chapter well I guess I didn t have to keep reading on, but whatever I don t know, I wish I could pinpoint the source of my discontent with this, but it is what it is, so feel free to try it out for yourself My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way.Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense to you The strongest solo acid is still the boron based carborane HCB11C111 And this boron acid has the best punchline so far it s simultaneously the world s strongest and gentlest acid To wrap your head around that, My GR friend Jason writes sturdy and trustworthy reviews, but I must take exception with him here The Disappearing Spoon is quick, light reading out in the sun It handles complex theory in a comfortable, approachable way.Yes, it is all that, IF such stuff as this makes sense to you The strongest solo acid is still the boron based carborane HCB11C111 And this boron acid has the best punchline so far it s simultaneously the world s strongest and gentlest acid To wrap your head around that, remember that acids split into positive and negative parts In carborane s case you get H and an elaborate cagelike structure formed by everything else CB11C111 With most acids it s the negative portion that s corrosive and caustic and eats through the skin But the boron cage forms one of the most stable molecules ever invented Its boron atoms share electrons so generously that it practically becomes helium, and it won t go around ripping electrons from other atoms, the usual cause of acidic carnage.Well, this could be part of the rules of Quidditch for all the sense it makes to poor general reader me, so I think The Disappearing Spoon is really for science geeks who think stuff about German chemists being hornswoggled out of a Nobel Prize for Alchemy by some Californian sharpies in 1951 or a neat account of the crucial properties of the biomolecule which are called handedness is the very thing for those moments on the beach when there isn t any eye candy around Never underestimate spite as a motivator for genius I can t really speak to the scientific accuracy of this book, but I really enjoyed listening to the stories that come from the periodic table I feel like I learned some things, which isn t that difficult of a feat since what I remember from my high school chemistry class hasto do with the people sitting near me we called ourselves the Peanut Gallery I have vague memories of a teacher, the great Thorstein Sabo, who tried to teach us Never underestimate spite as a motivator for genius I can t really speak to the scientific accuracy of this book, but I really enjoyed listening to the stories that come from the periodic table I feel like I learned some things, which isn t that difficult of a feat since what I remember from my high school chemistry class hasto do with the people sitting near me we called ourselves the Peanut Gallery I have vague memories of a teacher, the great Thorstein Sabo, who tried to teach us about the periodic table by telling us stories about electrons playing cribbage in the electron hotel I didn t really get it This book groups different elements, and tells stories about them in context of political intrigue, devastating consequences, and lifesaving discoveries Coincidentally, I am also reading Rites of Spring The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age, a book with a lot of parallels to The Disappearing Spoon Where The Disappearing Spoon demonstrates how war interrupts scientific process, Rites of Spring shows the same about war interfering in the arts You have to wonder how much farther, or at least different, both science and the arts would be, had we never had the world wars consuming the first half of the twentieth century.The tiny pieces of information I didn t know would fill a book, this book It would be impossible to even recite them, but I particularly enjoyed the story of argyria, silver poisoning, and the senate governor hopeful who drank collodial silver in preparation for Y2K Argyria turns your skin blue permanently Papa smurf I also made a note to myself to check out the poet Lowell, who is one of the first people to be treated with Lithium for mental illness Salt not an element was also put into perspective with Ghandi and enforced iodine and I just don t know whether to be grateful that my government is preventing birth defects or to be freaked out that they are adding things like iodine to salt and fluoride to the water The audiobook was great for this Sean Runnette has a unique voice that I enjoyed in zombie stories but still translated well to science I will leave you with a song I could not get out of my head during my listen to the second half of the book